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Healthy Apple Cake – Low Fat Cake Recipe

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This healthy apple cake is one of the easiest cakes to make. And the extra bonus: a low calorie, low-fat cake without butter or oil.


Low-Fat Apple Cake

Do you feel like having some cake, but don’t have a lot of time? This French style,  healthier, low-fat apple cake is the answer!

Do you feel like having some cake, but feel guilty about eating cake again? Well, this low-calorie apple cake is the answer as well!


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What makes this French apple cake special? First of all the fact, that is made without fat if you don’t count the fat contained by the three eggs you will need to make this recipe. No butter, no oil, just eggs, apples, sugar, flour, and spices.

Then, this low-calorie cake is made in no time, you will probably be able to peel and cut the apples and stir the batter in about 10 minutes. 30 minutes baking time and voila: a beautiful and delicious low-fat apple cake, which can be served shortly after being taken out of the oven.


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I discovered this recipe a long time ago, during a time when I was very interested in anything low-fat. It was a simple recipe written in just a few sentences in a magazine my husband’s grandmother used to read. The magazine was full of bright pictures of some royalty or another and a few recipe pages somewhere in the middle.

The original recipe used only four ingredients: flour, sugar, apples, and eggs. Over the years I’ve added some baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla. This way the French apple cake is a bit taller and tastes even better than it already did.


slice of low fat French apple cake


Steps to make

This recipe is so easy, even a child could make it. My kids do actually, my son usually peels and cuts the apple and my daughter makes the batter.

  • Peel the apples, remove the cores and cut the apples into small cubes.
  • Mix together the eggs and the sugar for about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Fold them into the egg mixture using a spatula.
  • Fold in the apples and pour the batter into a buttered and floured springform of about 22-24 cm/ 9-10 inches.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons sugar with ½ teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle the batter with this mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


how to make French apple cake


slice of French apple cake



  • This healthy apple cake is best served fresh from the oven. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes to cool down a little and serve. However, the completely cooled cake is delicious as well.
  • If you chose to make this recipe because you are watching the calories, then serve it as it is. A low-fat addition would be a dollop of Greek yogurt or another creamy yogurt.
  • Otherwise, you can serve the French apple cake with whipped cream, unwhipped pourable heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • I totally recommend the vanilla ice cream, a dollop of the cold ice cream on that warm apple cake is just heaven!


low fat french apple cake


More apple cakes?

The Softest Apple Cake with Cinnamon and Cloves

German Apple Cake with Meringue and Cream

Apple Puff Pastry Rolls

Apple Streusel Cheesecake

Apple Cinnamon Muffins


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Healthy Apple Cake – Low Fat Cake Recipe

This healthy apple cake is one of the easiest cakes to make. And the extra bonus: a low calorie, low-fat cake without butter or oil.
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Course: Cakes
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Adina


  • Apple cake:
  • 3 apples a total amount of about 250 g/ 8.8 oz
  • 3 eggs medium Germany, large US
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 170 g/ 6 oz/ 1 1/3 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Topping:
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour a springform of about 22-24 cm/ 9-10 inches.
  • Peel the apples, remove the cores and cut the apples into small cubes. Set aside.
  • Beat the eggs and the sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Carefully fold the flour into the egg mixture. Do not over mix.
  • Fold in the chopped apples as well.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and sprinkle this mixture over the batter in the pan.
  • Bake the low-fat apple cake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean.
  • Let rest for 10-15 minutes, take out of the tin, and serve either warm or cold. Serve as suggested above.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g
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Recipe Rating


Saturday 31st of July 2021

Use only 2 apples - i used 3 and it was far too much. the batter did not coat the apples enough, so i had to make a second batter which was annoying.


Saturday 31st of July 2021

I indicated the exact amount in oz and grams as well. That is the maximum I can do, you had all the information you needed. I cannot possibly know how big or small are all the apples people are using.

Dely Lagahit

Friday 5th of February 2021

This was delicious! It was a little drier than I expected, but that may be because I overbaked by a few mins. It could also be because there's minimal fat in the recipe (hooray!) I will try shredding the apples next time and see if that helps distribute the moisture a little better. Thank you for sharing!


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Can I use Bananas instead of apples ?


Saturday 6th of February 2021

You are welcome, Dely. Thank you for the feedback.


Wednesday 4th of November 2020

I found this recipe while looking for sweet healthy ways to use up apples and loved the simplicity! I swapped the flour for 1:1 gluten-free flour, and used 110g Xylitol instead of the sugar, added a pinch of nutmeg in with the cinnamon and used coconut sugar mixed with cinnamon for the topping! Baked in a 24cm square tin and was perfectly done at 23 mins! Thanks for the great recipe, it’s a keeper 😛


Thursday 5th of November 2020

Sounds great, thank you for the feedback! I've never used gluten-free flour, it's great to know it is working as well. I use xylitol quite often myself.


Wednesday 30th of September 2020

This was so Easy to make. I loved it, so yummy. I put on a dollop of whipped cream (in the can). It was great. I made it in a square pan though, which makes No difference in taste, of course!


Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Gerry, so happy to read it!

Jody Holmlund

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Can u freeze this cake?


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Hi Jody, I never did, but I think it should be fine. Wrap it well.