Friday, September 27, 2013

Apple Pie Cake Recipe

   Apple season means experimenting with new recipes and this, Apple Pie Cake recipe was a hit at our house last weekend. (Preferring Cortland apples for baking, I substituted them for Granny Smith, and skipped the lemon juice as well). It was delicious all the same, and the spring-form pan worked out beautifully.  (We topped ours with a scoop of vanilla Bean ice cream:) My husband is begging me to make it again this weekend.

VERY EASY - Trust Me.
(a Martha Stewart Recipe)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 5 pounds (about 12) tart apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Cook's Note

To dust the cake with confectioners' sugar, put some sugar in a standard sieve, hold it over the cake, and tap the edge lightly.


  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Using an electric mixer or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until the mixture forms pea-size pieces. Press 2/3 of the mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel apples, cut into thin slices, and place in a bowl. Pour off any accumulated liquid. Toss apple slices with remaining teaspoon cinnamon and lemon juice, and put them in the prepared pan, pressing down gently as you pack them in (they will mound above the edge of the pan). Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.
  3. Step 3

    Put the pan on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and let the cake cool in the pan to set. Serve at room temperature.


  1. Oh my god that looks good. I'm going to make this...I only wish I had it in front of me right now.

  2. Sure sounds easy and looks good, but well, not to brag, but I bet I could ruin it anyway! LOL

  3. Looks delicious! I'm laughing because in my post today I mention how I love apple cake, but not baking. But then, since you promise it's easy, I think I may have to give it a try.

  4. I always prefer Cortland apples for baking, too - pinning this recipe!

  5. This sounds and looks delicious. I love apple desserts. I was going to make n apple crumble or something like it this weekend but maybe I'll try this!
    Thanks for the recipe, Diane

  6. Martha Stewart recipes usually turn out good. I've butchered an apple cake before. I'll give this one a go.

  7. I'm not normally a cake fan, but I could make an exception for this one.

  8. This sounds amazing, and simple enough for me! I will try it after I go apple picking. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Diane!

    1. I'm all about "simple" when it comes to baking. I stick with recipes that can be made with pantry stocked items:) As good as it looks and so easy.

    2. I'm all about "simple" when it comes to baking. I stick with recipes that can be made with pantry stocked items:) As good as it looks and so easy.

  9. The easier the recipe the better for me when it comes to baking. I'm not a 'fancy' baker. My apple tree made lots of apples this year. They're sweet Delicious Apples, great for eating alone, but they might be ok in a cake. I guess I'll have to try it.

  10. This looks so yummy. Wonder if I have the energy to bake it? I baked a turtle cake today for a dinner I'm going to -- chocolate cake, caramel, chocolate chips then chocolate cake again.

  11. This is such a yummy recipe. When I get back home I would like to try this. Thanks Diane :)

  12. I love apple pies, but I don't bake. Sigh!

  13. I love apple pies, but I don't bake. Sigh!

  14. This sounds easy enough, and yummy too!

  15. This looks delicious and perfect for fall!

  16. Sounds insanely good--we're having a family party later this month. Maybe I'll make this for dessert!

    BTW, I like the new photo you have gracing the top of your blog.

  17. Oh my, how yummy. I like anything with apples. I may have to give this one a try.

  18. This does sound delicious! We're headed off to the orchards tomorrow so I'm always looking for new recipes when I come back with well more apples than I know what to do with!


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