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Moist Apple and Cinnamon Cake

by Adina 02/10/2019 32 comments

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Moist apple and cinnamon cake with stewed apples. Probably your new favorite easy apple cake recipe.

 

STEWED APPLE CAKE

 

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Prajitura cu mere – a deliciously tender apple cake, easily made and loved by everyone.

When it comes to apple cake recipes, I think you really have a choice on Where Is My Spoon. Several Romanian apple cakes like this Apple Caramel Cake or Geta’s Apple Cake, some German ones like the Apple Almond Cream Cake and the Apple Streusel Cheesecake, some really quick and easy ones like the Apple Sugar Cinnamon Cake, the Apple Hazelnut Pie or the Apple Doughnut Muffins or some fancier ones like the Toffee Apple Cake. And some other more…

Oh my God, I knew they were quite a few, but this is even more than I expected. I didn’t even realize we eat so much apple cake, I must have photographed and posted every single apple cake I’ve made during the last 2 years…

 

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EASY APPLE CINNAMON CAKE

And we really love each of these cakes! I probably make so much apple cake, because my kids love them so much, in any form and are always happy when I am baking with apples. They would refuse the best chocolate cake (my son), but they would never say no to a nice piece of apple and cinnamon cake.

And as you see, although all full of apples, they are all so different, I could not say that two of the cakes mentioned above taste the same, they all have their particular taste and consistency, something that sets them apart from the rest.

And what sets this moist apple and cinnamon cake apart from the rest?

Well, exactly that: its tenderness. It is unbelievably soft and tender, sweet and so full of apples, really comforting and satisfying.

I swear, my son ate 3 pieces in one go and wanted to reach for the next piece before I stopped him. He spent the rest of the day asking when could he have another piece of apple cake and repeated the procedure the next day with the remaining cake…

 

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INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE AND CINNAMON CAKE

Apples:

  • I used winter apples, the sort that are stored in the cellar for a while before being ready for eating and baking. They are a bit floury and sour and don’t release a lot of liquid when stewed. If you use fresher, juicier apples increase the stewing time until most of the released cooking liquid has evaporated.

Spices:

  • I used cinnamon and cloves. The cloves are optional, but I recommend using them, they do add something special. However, when using cloves, do not use more than indicated, the clove flavor can easily become overpowering if you use too much.

HOW TO MAKE STEWED APPLE CAKE?

This is a Romanian apple cake very similar to those my great-grandmother used to make. My grandmother was never keen on baking, except for her famous Romanian Sweet Bread with Walnuts – Cozonac, which she made twice a year, so most of the cakes I knew came either from my great-grandmother when I was quite little or later from my step-grandmother, who was the best baker I knew during my childhood.

So, if you feel like having one of the most comforting cakes on Earth this weekend, don’t hesitate to try this moist apple cake. The recipe makes a large baking tray, but it is easily halved.

Prepare the apples:

  • Peel and core the apples and process them coarsely, in batches, in the food processor. You could grate them coarsely, but it takes much longer.
  • Place the apples in a wide pan, add the 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ ¾ cup granulated sugar and cook gently until the apples are soft and almost all the released liquid is evaporated. It took me about 15 minutes, but you might need a bit longer if your apples are juicier. Add the cinnamon and the cloves (if you like cloves) and stir well. Leave to cool until you prepare the rest.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

 

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Batter:

  • Beat the eggs and the sugar until pale and frothy. Add the oil and incorporate.
  • In another bowl mix the flour and the baking powder. Add the flour and the milk to the egg mixture, alternating, start with the flour and finish with milk. The batter will be pretty runny, so don’t worry about it.
  • Pour half of the batter on the baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Take the tray out of the oven.
  • At this point I prefer using a square baking frame because my baking tray is very shallow. If your baking tray is a bit deeper, you will not need the frame, but otherwise I recommend using it, just to make sure your batter will not end up all over the place.
  • So, spread the apples on the cake, even them nicely and pour the remaining batter on top. Even very lightly and continue baking the cake at the same temperature for about 40 minutes or until nicely browned.
  • Leave to cool completely, then slice and dust with icing sugar just before serving.

 

PIN IT FOR LATER!

 

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Moist Apple and Cinnamon Cake

Yield: 20-24 pieces
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Moist apple and cinnamon cake with stewed apples. Probably your new favorite easy apple cake recipe.

Ingredients

  • Stewed apples:
  • 2 kg/ 4.4 lbs apples (See note)
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, optional
  • Batter:
  • 4 eggs (medium Germany, large US)
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 175 ml/ 6 oz/ ¾ cups vegetable oil
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 175 ml/ 6 oz/ ¾ cups milk
  • icing sugar for dusting

Instructions

Stewed apples:

  1. Peel and core the apples and process them coarsely, in batches, in the food processor. You could grate them coarsely, but it takes much longer. Place them into a wide pan, add the sugar and cook gently until the apples are soft and almost all the released liquid is evaporated.
  2. It took me about 15 minutes, but you might need a bit longer if your apples are juicier. Add the cinnamon and the cloves (if you like cloves) and stir well. Leave to cool until you prepare the rest.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Batter:

  1. Beat the eggs and the sugar until pale and frothy. Add the oil and incorporate.
  2. In another bowl mix the flour and the baking powder. Add the flour and the milk to the egg mixture, alternating, start with the flour and finish with milk. The batter will be pretty runny, so don't worry about it.
  3. Pour half of the batter on the baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Take the tray out of the oven. At this point I prefer using a square baking frame because my baking tray is very shallow. If your baking tray is a bit deeper, you will not need the frame, but otherwise I recommend using it, just to make sure your batter will not end up all over the place.
  4. Spread the apples on the cake, level nicely and pour the remaining batter on top. Level very lightly and continue baking the cake at the same temperature for about 40 minutes or until nicely browned.
  5. Leave to cool completely, then slice and dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Notes

I used winter apples, the sort that are stored in the cellar for a while before being ready for eating and baking. They are a bit floury and sour and don't release a lot of liquid when stewed. If you use fresher, juicier apples increase the stewing time until most of the released cooking liquid has evaporated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 square
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 217 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 139mg Carbohydrates: 35g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 24g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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32 comments

[email protected]'s Recipes 07/01/2017 - 07:37

They look so tender and delicious. I am saving this for next family gathering. Thanks for sharing, Adina.

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[email protected]'s Recipes 07/01/2017 - 07:44

Is it okay to prepare the apple filling the day before? Is the final texture more or less like apple compote?

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Adina 07/01/2017 - 10:08

I am not sure about making the filling the day before, I’ve always made it just before as it goes pretty quick. The texture is like a coarse apple sauce, pretty dry at the end of the cooking time.

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Agness Walewinder 07/01/2017 - 08:24

I personally like soft cakes a lot. I don’t know why but I never enjoy eating hard or crusty cakes. Apple cakes and apple donuts are one of my favourite! Lovin’ this recipe already. Do you recommend having a cup of coffee or tea with it :)?

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Adina 07/01/2017 - 10:04

I think both coffee or tea are ok. And maybe a cup of milk if children are present, my kids like the combination. 🙂

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Rachel @Simple Seasonal 07/01/2017 - 19:32

I can’t believe your son doesn’t like chocolate cake! Kids are so goofy. My five-year-old doesn’t like mac ‘n cheese… Kids are so funny! I can see why this apple cake is such a hit in your home. I want to run to my kitchen and bake it right now. Where I sit it’s a cold, snowy day and this cake would be so delightful with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

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Adina 09/01/2017 - 19:17

Perfect for a cold day, this is not exactly the kind of cake I crave in summer. 🙂

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Brie 08/01/2017 - 06:09

This cake looks like heaven, especially the little apple chunks I can just imagine their warm apple pie-like flavor! I agree with your son, 4 squares seems like an appropriate serving size 🙂

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Adina 09/01/2017 - 19:17

Thank you, Brie.

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Valentina | The Baking Fairy 08/01/2017 - 19:44

This cake looks amazing! My family loves apple cake too, so I will have to give this version a try! 🙂

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Adina 09/01/2017 - 19:18

Thank you, Valentina, I hope you give it a try.

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 09/01/2017 - 17:01

Keep the apple cakes coming, girlfriend, because they all look delicious!! I am drooling over this one! Seriously, I could eat a few slices of this for breakfast right now! Cheers!

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Adina 09/01/2017 - 19:19

I managed to have some for breakfast as well… 🙂

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Monica 09/01/2017 - 17:54

So interesting because I’ve never made or had an apple cake. Looks lovely, so soft and moist.
Happy New Year – hope it’s starting off nicely!

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Adina 09/01/2017 - 19:20

Happy New Year, Monica. I cannot believe you have never had any apple cake, you definitely have to try some, they are really good. Maybe you try one of mine, they are definitely enough on the blog.

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grace 09/01/2017 - 18:10

this cake looks scrumptious, adina! i love those beautiful, distinct layers!

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Adina 09/01/2017 - 19:21

Thank you, Grace. 🙂

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Evi @ greenevi 10/01/2017 - 18:55

These look incredible! And just like the ones my mom used to make when I was small 🙂

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DAFFYCO 17/01/2017 - 21:37

Il a l’air vraiment délicieux ! Bravo.

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Adina 18/01/2017 - 11:37

Merci. 🙂

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Kim | Low Carb Maven 30/01/2017 - 21:41

Oh, mama! This looks so amazing. My children would refuse chocolate cake over this, too. Children just love apples and this cake looks so tender and moist. I loved the recipe. Thank you.

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Carrie 19/03/2017 - 20:57

I just made this, and it is delicious! I used a glass 9×13 pan and it worked perfectly, except having to cut short the second baking time a bit. Definitely a keeper of a recipe 🙂 not overly sweet and perfect paired with tea or coffee on a chilly day. My kids love it.

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Adina 19/03/2017 - 21:24

Thank you for the feedback, Carrie. I am so glad you all liked the cake. My kids love it too, especially my son.?

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Anna 23/02/2018 - 02:18

Adina, could you please give the dimensions for your baking tray? I don’t think American kitchens have a specific measurement for that. We have baking sheets with rims, but even then, those come in a variety of sizes. This is what I’m talking about, but I’m not sure if it’s what you mean. https://cdnimg.webstaurantstore.com/images/products/large/45632/668601.jpg

Thank you. I really want to make this cake but want to use the correct size pan.

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Adina 23/02/2018 - 08:09

Hi Anna,
My baking tray is 40x20x2cm/ about 16x12x0.2 inches, pretty large but very shallow. The one with the rim seems deep enough, I don’t think you will need an extra frame. I hope you will like the cake, it is a very typical Romanian recipe. Have fun with baking! 🙂

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Anna 27/02/2018 - 11:53

Thank you for the size of the pan, Adina! I look forward to making the cake soon.

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Anca Tinica 14/01/2019 - 23:15

Am facut reteta asta de o gramada de ori si toti o iubesc! Cred ca e prajitura mea preferata! Multumesc, Adina!

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Adina 15/01/2019 - 08:08

Ce ma bucur sa aud, Anca. 🙂 Mersi mult!

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Sarah 12/09/2019 - 13:01

Hi Adina,
The cake looks great, I’d like to try making it for my boyfriend who is Romanian 🙂 does it matter if the milk is full fat and if the sugar is caster rather than granulated?
Many thanks!

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Adina 12/09/2019 - 14:50

Not at all, Sarah. Happy baking!

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Penny 24/10/2019 - 03:32

YUMMY!!! This is sooooo good!! I used apples from my Aunt’s tree..granny smith…and DELICIOUS!! I love that it isnt a heavy or rich cake! I didnt quite know how to measure 4lbs of apples but I clearly only made half of what your recipe said..will definately make again with double the stewed apples! I am trying the mock puff pastry and apples recipe Friday. I am also i spired to try the stewed apples for other tasty treats as well. I have a new staple..stewed apples…. which shall be incorporated into many other recipes! THANK YOU!

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Adina 24/10/2019 - 08:18

Oh Penny, reading this makes me really happy! So glad you liked it!

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