This warm apple cake is packed with apples and is super moist.

It’s not overly sweet and great to serve warm as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

Or you can skip the ice cream and have it as an afternoon treat with your tea or coffee.

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Makes

16 servings

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

30 minutes

Good For:

dessert

Ingredients

Spiced Crumble

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Apples

  • 2 apples* – about 2 cups
  • Zest of 1 lemon

*use apples such as Northern Spy or Ambrosia

Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 small container plain yogurt – 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

How to make Lemon Apple Cake

Check out our easy step by step video

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F

Grease and line a 9-inch square cake pan with an overhang on 2 sides to lift the cake once cooked – I like to use a silicone pan for easy release

Step 2 – Spiced Crumble

Prepare the spiced crumble by cutting in the butter with a fork until you have a crumbly mixture and set aside

Step 3 – Apples

Peel, core and chop the apples into 1/2 inch chunks

Mix in the lemon zest

Step 4 – Cake

Mix the dry cake ingredients together in a bowl and fold in the apples

In a separate bowl, mix the wet cake ingredients with a whisk until smooth

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold in until just blended – don’t over mix

Step 5 – Baking

Pour the batter into your prepared pan and sprinkle with the spiced crumble mixture

Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean

Step 6 – Baking

Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then very carefully lift the cake from the pan using the parchment overhang and place on a wire rack to finish cooling

NOTE: The large volume of apple used will make it easy to break, so take extra care when lifting

Step 6 – Finishing

Once the cake has cooled completely, mix the glaze ingredients together and stir until smooth. Add more water if needed

Drizzle over the cake

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Lemon Apple Cake

This warm apple cake is packed with apples and is super moist. It's not overly sweet and great to serve warm as a dessert with a scoop of ice-cream. Or you can skip the ice cream and have as an afternoon treat with your tea or coffee.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 202 kcal

Ingredients
  

Spiced Crumble

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Apples

  • 2 apples apples
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Grease and line a 9-inch square cake pan with an overhang on 2 sides to lift the cake once cooked – I like to use a silicone pan for easy release

Spiced Crumble

  • Prepare the spiced crumble by cutting in the butter with a fork until you have a crumbly mixture and set aside

Apples

  • Peel, core and chop the apples into 1/2 inch chunks
  • Mix in the lemon zest

Cake

  • Mix the dry cake ingredients together in a bowl and fold in the apples
  • In a separate bowl, mix the wet cake ingredients with a whisk until smooth
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold in until just blended – don’t over mix
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan and sprinkle with the spiced crumble mixture
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then very carefully lift the cake from the pan using the parchment overhang and place on a wire rack to finish cooling

Finishing

  • Once the cake has cooled completely, mix the glaze ingredients together and stir until smooth. Add more water if needed
  • Drizzle over the cake

Notes

2 apples should yield about 2 cups of diced apples
Use apples such as Northern Spy or Ambrosia
The large volume of apple used will make it easy to break, so take extra care when lifting

Nutrition Facts per serving

Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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