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Apple Cake


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  • 6 tablespoons 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 3/4 cup 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 cups flour, plus more for the pan
  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cup milk, preferably whole
  • Grated zest of 2 small lemons, preferably organic
  • 2 to 3 2 to 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and thickly sliced
  • Confectioners’ sugar (optional)


Servings 8
Adapted from


Step 1

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
2. Beat the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Gradually add the flour to the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the zest. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula.
4. Arrange the apple slices in a circle on top of the batter, starting at the edge of the pan and standing them on end with the narrow point in the batter, then fill in the center with as many slices as you can fit. The apples should be quite close together and cover most of the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar over the apples.
5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake (not the apples) comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack, remove the outer ring, and allow the cake to cool. Dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar just before serving, if you like.

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