Swiss Miss Apple Cake

The other night, my husband and I were invited to a delicious fondue dinner at our friends’ place. We were in charge of the dessert. I wanted to make something, seasonal, slightly sweet, melt-in-your-mouth moist and somewhat traditional. My husband suggested his family’s Apple Cake recipe. This recipe was handed down to him by a very special person, who  had a special talent of taking the most simple ingredients and making something amazing.

Once this cake goes into your oven, you instantly feel warm and cozy. If you enjoy the aroma of  tangy citrus and sweet apple wafting throughout your home, then this next recipe is for you. It’s ridiculously easy to make and looks beautiful!

This recipe was made using the metric system. I’ve included English measurements in parentheses.

What you need.

  • 270 grams flour (2 c flour)
  • 200 grams softened butter (1 c, 6 TBSP)
  • 270 grams sugar (1 & 1/3 c sugar)
  • 10 grams baking powder (2 tsp)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 apples (you won’t use two whole), peeled, cored, sliced in quarters (not too crunchy)

How you make it.

  1. Preheat oven to 355 F (180 C)
  2. Butter a cake pan (about 9 inch in diameter) and flour the bottom
  3. Mix dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt
  4. Mix butter and sugar together until creamy
  5. Mix in eggs
  6. Add dry ingredients to your batter and gently mix them in
  7. Finally add in your lemon zest and pour into prepared baking dish.
  8. Take 5 apple quarters (keep the rest for yourself and enjoy a lovely snack) and make little slits in them.  This helps them cook faster and makes for a pretty design.
  9. Place your apples core-side down, “peel” side-up in the cake batter, so that they are lying just above the surface.
  10. Bake for about 45 minutes. If it browns too rapidly simply cover loosely with aluminum foil. Use a toothpick to test whether it’s baked thoroughly.
  11. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!