Tuscan Apple Cake

Tuscan Apple Cake
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Tuscan Apple Cake

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Tuscan Apple Cake

More like a flan than a cake, this rustic dessert is chock-full of apples and incredibly moist, making every spoonful a pure delight. The list of ingredients is short, and for good reason: it's all about the apples!

The delectable apples in this recipe can be cut into super-thin slices easily by using the slicing attachment of a food processor, although a mandoline or a box grater will do the job perfectly, too.

And unlike most cakes, this one's perfection begins with it baking right on the floor of the oven. The delicious result: a caramelized skin forms at the bottom of the cake and intensifies the flavors of the sweet apples.

Simple, rustic, succulent… And if there are any leftovers, they make a fantastic breakfast treat to boot!

See all apple recipes.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Place the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk on medium speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is pale and thick, about 30-60 seconds.

Fold the flour into the egg mixture with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Fold in the milk, then the butter and finally the apple slices. Be sure not to overmix.

Butter and flour a 10-inch nonstick springform pan. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Pack the apples into the mold and flatten the surface of the cake with the wooden spoon.

Bake for 10 minutes on the floor of the oven. Transfer the pan to the middle rack and continue baking until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, for 50-55 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven, and run a paring knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the ring of the mold. Let cool in its mold to room temperature. Unmold the cake and transfer to a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.


Note: The cake can be baked up to 6 hours ahead and kept in its mold at room temperature in a cool place. It is best eaten the day it is made.


Calories per serving:

302 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 12g 19%
  • Carbs 48g 16%
  • Saturated 7g 36%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 38g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 3g 7%
  • Cholesterol 75mg 25%
  • Sodium 154mg 6%
  • Calcium 120mg 12%
  • Magnesium 11mg 3%
  • Potassium 171mg 5%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 175mg 25%
  • Vitamin A 115µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 9%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 4%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 25µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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