Fluffy Apple Cake

Briana Malmstrom


I learned to make this cake from an old German woman named Ilsa who owned the restaurant I was working in while living in Ireland. She told me the recipe once off the top of her head, I scribbled it down and it has since become one of my most popular dishes (my dad requests one every year at Christmas)! I make at least 6 at Christmas as gifts and also for other special occasions and holidays. A very moist, light and fluffy apple cake with a lemony zing! (Sorry about the slice missing, I tore into it forgetting I needed a picture!)

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20 Min
40 Min


granny smith apples
1 tsp
vanilla extract (optional-almond essence)
1/2 c
butter or margarine
1/2 c
white sugar
1 c
1 tsp
baking powder
dark or golden raisins
almond flakes, almond slivers or chopped walnuts
8 inch round cake tin

How to Make Fluffy Apple Cake


  • 1Pre-heat oven to 350f.
  • 2Grate complete rind of lemon, set aside.
  • 3Squeeze juice from lemon, set aside.
  • 4Peel and core apples. Slice them into 1/2 inch thick wedges. (Place slices into lemon juice, to save their color, if preferred)
  • 5Separate the egg whites from yolks.
  • 6Cream vanilla, butter and sugar.
  • 7Add egg yolks to butter and sugar, mix well.
  • 8Add flour and baking powder, mix well.
  • 9Add lemon juice and grated rind, mix well.
  • 10In separate bowl, beat egg whites until VERY stiff.
  • 11Fold egg whites GENTLY and lovingly into batter with a wooden spoon.
  • 12Pour into greased 8" cake tin.
  • 13Place apple slices on top of batter in slightly overlapping, concentric rings from the outside in. (You might have slices left over. Eat them and enjoy!)
  • 14Sprinkle raisins, cinnamon and almond (or walnut) pieces on top (in amounts that suit your taste).
  • 15Bake for 30 minutes. I find the exact amount of time seems to change with each cake, so do the butter knife test at 30 minutes, cook a bit longer if knife blade doesn't come out clean from the center.
  • 16As soon as knife blade comes out clean from the center of the cake, it's done!
  • 17As soon as cake cools, sift powdered sugar on top if desired for an extra touch of sweetness!

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About Fluffy Apple Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: German
Other Tag: Heirloom