Italian Apple Cake

This is my grandma’s most famous cake. She used to bake this delicious apple cake in late September and autumn afternoons, and taste these wonderful slices with a cup of tea or espresso while chatting with us and enjoying family tales. So, there is more than a pie behind this mouth-watering apple dessert that is heavenly delicious. Here is the recipe:

Servings around 8


For the apple cake:

  • 4 golden apples
  • 250 grams’ all-purpose flour
  • 150 grams’ sugar
  • 100 grams’ butter
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

For the top:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  • Preheat the oven to 200° C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Butter a round baking tin and sprinkle with flour. Peel the apples. Set aside.
  • Now, using an electric mixer, combine sugar with butter and beat to make a creamy mixture.
  • Apply the eggs, milk, flour, lemon zest, baking powder, a pinch of salt and vanilla extract. You should get a creamy dough (if is thick add some more milk).
  • Slice 3 ½ of the apples and place JUST the other half in small chunks into the pastry.
  • Transfer the mixture into a round baking tin. On the top of it, apply the sliced apples like in a radial and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Place in the oven and bake for around 40 to 45 minutes. Allow cool before slicing.

Buon Appetito!

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