Friday, October 29, 2010

FFwD - Marie-Helene's Apple Cake


We round off the first ever month of French Fridays with Dorie with Marie-Helene's apple cake. Effectively, this cake is comprised of a soft, spongy cake dotted liberally with chunks of apple. It is the easiest cake to make, as there is no requirement for a stand mixer. The recipe uses melted butter, so there is no trickiness involving hard, non-compliant butter or creaming. I have an apple corer-slicer gadget that makes cutting the apples a breeze, so again, there was no hardship in making this cake.


The cake is really a barely there, light as a feather vehicle for the true star, the apple. This is one cake that you could definitely have second and third helpings of - and it is dainty enough to be served at a ladies tea party.



Thanks to Dorie for choosing our recipes this month. You can check out what everyone else thought of this cake at the LYL section of the French Fridays with Dorie website.

25 comments:

Happy Cook said...

Wowo i love apple cake like this. You cook and bake so much.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

this was such a great, easy recipe. i loved how there was only just enough batter to hold all the apples together.

YummyChunklet said...

I like how your cake is very light on top. It looks delicious!

Kayte said...

This is very nice...I am getting ready to make it now, and I am going with mini b/c we have had a whole lot of apple desserts here lately. Yours looks wonderful, and I love the description of it.

Flourchild said...

We loved it too...yours looks so good!

Flourchild said...

Mine is really short..I love how high your cake got! It was good!

AmyRuth said...

I loved that the apples were the star too! Just wonderful apples and absent of the usual cinnamon. Isn't that profound that you can actually eat and love a dessert made with apples and no cinnamon? Wowza.
So Simple! Yours looks wonderful i think I may have baked mine a little long as it was a little more golden than i liked but I was a little unsure about the "wet knife" question. Well done.
AmyRuth

adele said...

Ooh, that does look good!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love those chunks of apple. It looks fabulous; and I always love to here about French influenced recipes

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks delicious! I am always secretly relieved when I see a recipe that doesn't require creaming of butter! :P

Susan: My Food Obsession said...

Sounds delicious. I love a really delicate cake which lets the main flavor shine through,

Beth said...

I love apple desserts, and this one looks like it's loaded with them. I can't imagine an apple cake with no cinnamon, though!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

that cake looks very pretty.. thank you for sharing this.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This apple cake looks amazing! I love it! The chunky apple topping is probably my favorite...yum!

onewetfoot said...

Yours is just perfectly golden!

Johanna GGG said...

sounds very french and very delicious - reminds me I have apples wilting at the bottom of the fruit bowl

Leslie said...

What a beautiful apple cake! This one is on my to do list for the weekend...I'm afraid to make it until I can take it to work!

jillbert said...

It looks wonderful! I skipped this one because I don't have enough mouths to feed. I'm doing some baking on Sunday to bring to work on Monday though.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love your description of this cake. I need to buy some great apples and get baking.

Steph said...

Fabulous cake!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh, lovely cake!!
We all seem to have loved this bake and i love it!!

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

Big chunks of fruit in a super light cake sounds perfect to me on this Sunday arvo! Can't stinge on the chunks :D

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh looks so delish, i love this cake so muc too, the baking + the gorgeous cake!

The Caked Crusader said...

I love a good apple cake...and this is certainly a good one!

lola said...

This was an easy and lovely cake to make. We loved it!