9 Ways to Make Apple Cake

Apple Cake with Toffee Crust © Anna Williams
By Kristin Donnelly Posted September 22, 2014

Apple pie gets all the love, but apple cakes are homier and (often) less fussy. Here are nine takes on an apple cake to try this weekend.

Apple pie gets all the love, but apple cakes are homier and (often) less fussy. Here are nine takes on an apple cake to try this weekend.

1. Classic upside-down. Keep it classic: Sweet buttery apples on the bottom? Check. Moist yellow cake on top? Check. A drizzle of confectioners’ sugar glaze? You got it.

2. Maple upside-down. Reduce maple syrup and pour it in a cake pan. Top with apples and cake batter. Think New England thoughts.

3. Streusel-topped. How do you make your streusel impossibly crisp? Bake it separately from the (calvados-spiked) cake, then pack it on top. It’s a pastry chef trick. You’re welcome.

4. With verjus. Like Peruvian food, verjus—the juice pressed from underripe grapes—can’t seem to make its way into the mainstream. For a grown-up take on a sticky apple cake, use the tangy juice to make a caramel. Drizzle it over the cake. Impress your friends with your classiness.

5. Crumb cupcakes. Pour the apple cake batter into muffin tins and top with streusel for individual-sized crumb cakes. Bring to the office. Make friends for life.

6. Brandy-and-spice. Layer brandied caramelized apples in a cake pan and top with a spiced cake batter. Eat while wearing your new cashmere sweater.

7. With toffee sauce. Fold the apples into the cake, then caramelize more for a topping. Serve with a spiked toffee sauce and a snifter of brandy. We won’t judge.

8. Raisined. Want to keep a delicious apple cake all to yourself? Studies show that by adding raisins, you can ward off at least 80 percent of people who might want a piece.

9. Cider-caramelized. How do you make your apple cake more apple-y? Cook the apples in a cider caramel before adding them to the cake.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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