French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

Ready in 45 minutes

A cross between a cake and a pie...this flavorful, moist cake combines a fragrant cinnamon and vanilla-scented crust with a sugary cinnamon-vanilla custard and apple filling. The cake is easier to make than it sounds from the recipe -- it's actually fairly quick once you have your apples all peeled and sliced. Also, you can make it ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. This is a very good apple dessert, the sort of homey recipe that makes French home cooking so incomparable.

"I tried this recipe almost as a last resort. I cannot make an apple pie, it just doesn't work for me. However, I've never failed at a cake recipe. This turned out wonderfully. I've used braeburn apples and granny smith. The braeburns make a prettier cake. We all love this recipe. I will definitely be making quite a few over the holidays."

- wetcanvasart

Top-ranked recipe named "French Apple Cake"

4.4 avg, 37 review(s) 81% would make again


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-- Cake Crust --
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; (plus, additional as needed for dough)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1 large Egg
1/2 cup butter,; (1-stick) melted and cooled
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
-- Apple Filling --
7 apples,; (up to 7 cups) cored, peeled and cut into thin segments (* see note)
3 tablespoon lemon juice,; fresh squeezed
1/4 cup Sugar
-- Custard Filling --
3 tablespoon butter,; melted
1 cup Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
-- Garnish --
Powdered sugar,; for dusting finished cake (optional)

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, stir to blend. In a separate bowl mix the egg, butter and vanilla extract. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and stir until well blended, making a soft but stiff dough. Add more flour, as needed, to ensure that you have a dough and not a batter. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar. Grease the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.

Pat dough evenly on the bottom and sides of the pan (dough should be about 1/8- to 1/4-inches thick). Fill with apple mixture, pressing gently. Cover with foil. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes; remove foil and bake until apples are soft, about 40 to 45 minutes. The apples on top will look a little dry; use a toothpick to test apples for doneness.

While cake is baking, prepare custard by mixing the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Remove the cake from the oven at the 40-minute mark, check for doneness, and pour the custard mixture over top of the cake, allowing custard to fill gaps between the apples. Return to the oven and bake until the top is golden brown and the cake feels firm or set, another 20 to 25 minutes.

Leave to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the sides of the pan and, leaving the cake on the pan base, remove the rest of the springform tin. Let cake cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Makes one 10-inch cake, for 8 to 12 servings.

* Note: Use enough sliced apples to fill your pan.


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Very good and easy to make. I bit on the sweet time I'll use less sugar in the custard.
Valerie411 3 days 6 hours ago
I really wanted to love this cake but I just did not. WAY too much sugar for the apple mixture ...1/2c would have been just fine. My tongue had that 'way too sweet' feel after having a slice. My middle didn't set as well..I would try either baking it longer before pouring on the custard to dry out more juice from the apples or adding an extra egg in the custard mix to ensure settling if I were to ever make this again. As of yet, apples are done for the year so that's that.
ZenaUBugn 6 days 7 hours ago
I made this today for my mom and dad's wedding anniversary, although he's gone she is still married to him in her heart. It turned out absolutely perfect!! I will be using this recipe often for special occasions!
seagal2013 1 month ago
This recipe is awesome. It's even more special since I put ground pecans on top, right before I poured the custard mixture. Try it guys!
BangCunanan 4 months ago
How can I post here photo of my version of this recipe?
BangCunanan 5 months ago
Very sweet, may try to cut back sugar in custard next time
bkdurnin 5 months ago
Delicious! Wanted to eat the whole cake on my own
Fudgeberry 5 months ago
This recipe was a disaster. The middle was a runny mess. I even baked it longer and it was absolute liquid. I went back carefully through the directions to figure out what I missed, but couldn't find anything. Not sure how anyone made this work, but I wasted a lot of time and am frustrated with this one!! Going in the trash :(
mle522 8 months ago
Can't wait to try this, looks lovely, there not serious about the calories though right?:L x
Jojoxox 10 months ago
The trouble with this cake/pie is it gets devoured too quickly!
NinjaWarrior 11 month ago
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