Norwegian Apple Cake is a classic apple cake made with simple ingredients! Loaded with tangy, sweet apples and cinnamon sugar, butter cake is perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning or a scoop of ice cream for dessert!
Do you like apples? Be sure to try my most favorite apple pie recipe!
This recipe was developed in partnership with my friends at Imperial Sugar.
Norwegian apple cake (Eplekake)
This Norwegian apple cake is an authentic, simple and exceptional cake. Classics are classics for a reason! Although I have never been to Norway, I have had versions of this cake throughout my life. This is a butter cake filled with cinnamon sugar apples, which goes perfectly with whipped cream, vanilla or plain ice cream! You can enjoy this apple cake for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as an afternoon snack or even for dessert!! But I will say that while I like this warm cake, it’s one of those cakes that (in my opinion) is better the next day!
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- Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
- Granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Salted butter (I like salty specifically in this recipe because you’re not adding any extra salt and it adds flavor.)
- Granulated sugar
- large eggs
- baking powder
- All purpose flour
What are the best types of apples for baking?
There are so many apples to choose from when you arrive at the supermarket! They are all so beautiful, but know that not all apples are good for cooking! I almost exclusively use Granny Smith apples when making this apple cake. These tangy apples retain their structure during cooking, without turning into total mush, and are sweetened so that their flavor really comes out!
Apples to avoid in baking:
Some apples are just too soft or don’t have enough flavor to pack a punch when cooked. Here is a list of apples to enjoy fresh or made into applesauce!
- delicious red
Ideal apples for cooking:
These apples are firm, sweet and a bit tart. They retain their structure when cooked and their flavor really comes out without getting too mushy!
- Granny Smith
- pink lady
What tools do you need?
This recipe is ultimately very simple, but a few kitchen utensils will make the process even easier!
- apple peeler
- Sharp knife
- Springform pan
- stand mixer
- Measuring cups
How to make a Norwegian apple cake?
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- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Put aside.
- Place the sliced apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of caster sugar and cinnamon. Stir to evenly coat. Put aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar on medium speed until creamy, 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl if necessary. Add the baking powder and stir to incorporate.
- Turn mixer to low speed and alternately add flour and milk, starting and ending with flour, until just combined. Don’t mix too much.
- Assembly: Cover the bottom of the prepared mold with apples. They can overlap, but you want a single layer. Top the apples with the cake batter and spread evenly to cover all the apples. Press the remaining apple slices into the dough vertically making concentric circles in the dough.
- Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and set in center and toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Run a butter knife around the edges, then release the side of the pan.
- Slice and serve hot with whipped cream, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or even ice cream.
You can amp up this recipe in so many ways, which is so great about it. It’s perfect in its simplicity, but you can really get creative! Here are some ideas to get started:
- Add sliced almonds, walnuts or pecans on top of the cake!
- Add a few teaspoons of vanilla to the batter to enhance the flavor.
- Dust the whole cake with powdered sugar for an extra nice look.
- Drizzle sweet sugar glaze over top before serving.
- Add berries to the cake. Would be fantastic with a cup of raspberries tossed into the batter too!
- Use peaches instead of apples!
- Add 1 teaspoon of cardamom to the batter to really give it that Norwegian flavor.
How to store:
This cake is great for up to 3 days if stored airtight at room temperature. You can also freeze this cake! It freezes beautifully if stored airtight for up to 30 days. Let it thaw at room temperature and enjoy room temperature or reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds!
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