Fluffy Apple Cake—a Delicious Breakfast Treat

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Fluffy apple cake is one of the easiest and most delicious treats you will ever prepare. Both children and adults enjoy it equally. Apple cake is a scrumptious breakfast and a healthy, light snack in the afternoon. 

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How long can I store the apple cake?

Not for a long time, but mainly for these two reasons: first, it is so tempting that your family will eat it up quickly. Secondly, the apples are moist, and when cooked, they can go bad quickly.  

Store the cake in a cool place in a cake container to keep it moist. Freeze the apple cake in single serving slices wrapped in aluminum foil if you want it to last longer. 

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Chose the ingredients carefully

  • Apples: Any kind of baking apple will fit this recipe, but these are considered some of the best baking apples in the US: Granny Smith, Jonathan, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Braeburn. If you do not like apples, replace them with compact, slightly ripe pears; 
  • Butter: Choose top-quality butter, preferably organic. Do not use oil or margarine.
  • Cornstarch: It will make the cake fluffy and moist. 
  • Raw cane sugar: it makes the top of the cake crunchy and golden brown. Choose one whose grains are coarse and brown; it shouldn’t be too moist or dark. 
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Breakfast fluffy apple cake

Every family has got its own recipe: it is the tradition to end all traditions. It is handed down from moms hand to daughters: it is the apple cake.
And of course, as every family, I do have my own recipe which dates back in old times, and it has been modified over and over again.
They did not know, but my grandma and mom had already varied the recipe to make it more rustic, and healthier.
This is my secret to bake a tasty low glycemic cake.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Keyword apple cake, fluffy apple cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • ½  cup of butter (120g)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup of sugar (150g)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour  (100g)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbs  of cornstarch (50g)
  • 2 tbsp of baking powder (14g)
  • 2 large baking apples 

    about 300gr each

  • Raw cane sugar for the top


  • How to separate the egg yolks from the whites: Crack the egg and let the egg white fall into one of two clean bowls you’ve laid out. Slowly and carefully open the cracked egg so that the yolk stays inside, and the whites come out. Pass the egg yolk back and forth from one half of the shell to the other, while allowing any remaining egg white to seep out into your bowl. After you’ve gotten all of the whites out of the shell, you can place the yolk in the empty bowl;
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  • Melt the butter in the microwave and let it cool down; then add it to the egg yolks and the sugar. Be careful—if the butter is hot, you will cook the yolks, and your batter will turn into a sweet frittata; 
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  • Stir all the ingredients until well combined; you may also use the dough-kneading hook on your KitchenAid; 
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  • Sift together the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder so that they are evenly combined. Add it to the egg mixture little by little to avoid any lumps. I like to use a silicone spatula as it makes an even and smooth batter;
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  • Whip the whites with the mixer at high speed until they form stiff peaks; 
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  • Peel, core, and slice the apples. If you use a hand-crank apple peeler, the slices will be perfect and you won’t waste any parts of the apple;
  • Fold the egg whites into the batter with a downward motion to maintain as much volume as possible. The operation should be done quickly so as to prevent the apple slices from oxidizing; 
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  • Transfer the batter to a pan lined with parchment paper and on the sides as well so that you can remove it easily. This eliminates the need for any cooking sprays; 
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  • Top the batter with the apple slices;
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  • I usually place them at the right angles so that when the batter rises, the outer part of the slices will stay on the surface and the inner ones will be buried in the cake batter. Sprinkle the top with raw cane sugar for a delicious crunchy crust;
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  • Pre-heat the oven to 340°F (180°C) and bake for 40 minutes on the middle rack of a static oven; 
  • If the top gets too brown, lower the temperature to 320°F (160°F); 
  • Do the toothpick test to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, it is ready. If not, bake the cake for a few more minutes until the toothpick comes out clean;
  • Leave the cake in the turned-off oven for about 5-7 minutes so that it cools down gradually; then open the oven door and let it rest another 10 minutes; 
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  • If you bake it the day before, the taste will be even more flavorful. 

Variations on the traditional recipe   

Add some raisins to the batter. Soak ¼ cup (50g) in a bowl with lukewarm water and a tablespoon of rum for about 15 minutes. Drain, squeeze, dry them with a tea towel, and lightly flour them. Add them to the batter before the whites. The raisins won’t sink to the bottom, but they will spread evenly through the whole cake. 

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