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Moist Apple and Cinnamon Cake (Tray Bake)

by Adina 13/02/2020 32 comments

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

 

STEWED APPLE CAKE

 

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

When it comes to apple cakes, I think you really have a choice on Where Is My Spoon. Several Romanian apple cakes, some German ones, some really quick and easy ones, muffins, desserts and so on.

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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EUROPEAN APPLE CAKE

And we really love each of these cakes! I probably make so many apple cakes, 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 traybake cake.

And as you see, although all full of apples, they are all so different, I could not say that two of the apple cakes I make 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? 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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WHAT IS THE BEST APPLE FOR THE APPLE CAKE?

  • I used winter apples, the sort that is stored in the cellar for a while before being ready for cooking and baking, they are the best sort for this apple traybake cake recipe, as they are not very juicy.
  • These cellar or winter apples are also called cooking apples, meaning that they are used primarily for cooking and they are not so suitable to be eaten raw.
  • They are the kind of apples coming from somebody’s garden apple tree, somebody who happened to plant an apple tree once without checking the sort of apple they were planting… The result: apples that nobody wants to eat, apples that are only used to make compote, cakes or desserts.
  • 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.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH COOKING APPLES?

We removed the above-mentioned cooking apple tree from our garden more than 10 years ago. It was old and moldy, as it was planted by my husband’s grandmother about 50 years ago, if not longer.

But, almost every autumn, I receive buckets and buckets of cooking apples from various neighbors or relatives. Almost all of them are cooking apples, either people only plant those or keep the eating apples for themselves.

But I am always grateful! I love knowing that I have provisions in my cellar, from apples and potatoes to all kinds of jam, preserves, and pickles.

So, how can I use old apples?

Apple sauce: homemade apple sauce is the best kind, as it allows you to choose yourself how much sugar you are adding. I make a rather large batch of apple sauce every autumn and I freeze the jars, over the years I came to the conclusion that that is the best way to keep apple sauce fresh and delicious.

Apple butter: making it will also allow you to use a large number of older apples.

Spicy apple jam: apple jam is not exactly for everyone, it can be rather bland, but if you choose the right sort and amounts of spices, you will get a delicious apple jam. Try adding cloves, cinnamon, allspice, ground ginger.

Baked apples: so simple and so good! You can fill them with nuts and spices before baking or you can leave them plain and serve them sprinkled with some sugar or drizzled with honey. For a real treat, add whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or vanilla sauce.

Savory dishes: you should definitely try this vegan apple and chickpea curry served over rice or this amazing chicken with apples, they are recipes I make at least 2 or 3 times every autumn and winter using those cooking apples. 

Desserts: make an apple crumble, it is probably the best apple dessert ever! Here is a variation, a rhubarb apple crumble, but you can leave out the rhubarb and only use apples. You can also make apple pancakes, apple compote for serving with regular pancakes or with crepes, apple crisp, French toast with apples, and so on.

Apple cakes: there must be a gazillion of apple cake recipes in this world. I have so many on my blog, they even received their own tag. Some of my favorites are the Apple Caramel Cake, the German Apple Crumble Cake or these simple Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

 

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE TRAYBAKE CAKE?

This is a Romanian or European apple cake very similar to those my great-grandmother and my great-aunts used to make.

So, if you feel like having one of the most comforting cakes on Earth this weekend, don’t hesitate to try this moist apple traybake cake recipe.

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. Stew the apples gently until they 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 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 180 degrees Celsius. Line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper.

Batter:

  • Beat the eggs and the sugar until pale and frothy. Add the oil and incorporate it.
  • 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 mixture into the prepared 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.
  • You can also serve the apple traybake cake with whipped cream.

 

PIN IT FOR LATER!

 

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Moist Apple and Cinnamon Cake Recipe

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 apple traybake 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:

I recommend using a kitchen scale for weighing the ingredients.

  1. Peel and core the apples and process them coarsely, in batches, in the food processor. You could grate them coarsely, but it takes 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 and stir well. Leave to cool until you prepare the rest.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper.

Batter:

  1. Beat the eggs and the sugar until pale and frothy. Add the oil and incorporate it.
  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.
  3. Pour half of the mixture into the prepared 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 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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[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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