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!)


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
40 Min


  • 1
  • 3
    granny smith apples
  • 3
  • 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
  • 1
    8 inch round cake tin

How to Make Fluffy Apple Cake


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350f.
  2. Grate complete rind of lemon, set aside.
  3. Squeeze juice from lemon, set aside.
  4. Peel and core apples. Slice them into 1/2 inch thick wedges. (Place slices into lemon juice, to save their color, if preferred)
  5. Separate the egg whites from yolks.
  6. Cream vanilla, butter and sugar.
  7. Add egg yolks to butter and sugar, mix well.
  8. Add flour and baking powder, mix well.
  9. Add lemon juice and grated rind, mix well.
  10. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until VERY stiff.
  11. Fold egg whites GENTLY and lovingly into batter with a wooden spoon.
  12. Pour into greased 8" cake tin.
  13. Place 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!)
  14. Sprinkle raisins, cinnamon and almond (or walnut) pieces on top (in amounts that suit your taste).
  15. Bake 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.
  16. As soon as knife blade comes out clean from the center of the cake, it's done!
  17. As 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

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