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5 from 33 votes

Buttery Apple Cake

It's apple season and you won't find an easier or more delicious recipe for a Buttery Apple Cake. Whether you serve it for dessert, breakfast or as an afternoon snack it's sure to bring smiles to your table!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 300kcal


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3 large Gala apples cut into chunks (feel free to use your favorite apple)
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 large whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (if you like a less sweeter cake cut the sugar back to ¾ of a cup)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp grated lemon zest


  • preheat the oven to 375º. Butter and flour a 9” round cake pan.
    Place a piece of parchment in the bottom of the pan.
  • In a large frying pan over low heat, melt the butter, reserve 6 tbs for later.
  • Add the apple chunks to the pan and cook until tender over medium heat, 7-10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl beat the whole eggs and egg yolks until blended. Add the butter, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  • Stir in flour mixture and sauteed apples (leave out any butter left in the pan). Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  • Bake until the cake is golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  • Invert the cake onto a plate to remove the pan and then invert again on your serving dish.
  • Serve warm from the oven with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar, whipped cream or ice cream.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 467IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg