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Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake

Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake

I have been to France twice and each visit was amazing. I loved every second-touring Paris, visiting the beautiful countryside, indulging in fine foods, and learning about history and art. When I heard my favorite author, Dorie Greenspan, was coming out with a French cookbook, I was beyond excited. Well, the cookbook is out and it has exceeded my expectations by far. Around My French Table, is a collection of recipes from Dorie’s time in France. The book is filled with outstanding savory and sweet dishes. Today I am sharing an apple cake recipe from the book-of course I started with a sweet recipe:)

When Dorie’s book arrived in the mail, I gave it a big hug. I was thrilled to have her latest book in my possession. Since that moment, I can’t put the book down. I keep it by my bed and read from it each night. Dorie shares a special story with each recipe. I love reading about her time in France and why certain recipes are dear to her. This apple cake recipe comes from Dorie’s friend, Marie-Helene, who is the type of cook who doesn’t like to measure ingredients. Dorie fell in love with her apple cake and asked for the recipe, but her friend couldn’t give her the exact measurements. Dorie played around in the kitchen and figured out the recipe on her own.

I am grateful for Marie-Helene and Dorie for sharing this apple cake recipe. It is delicious and extremely simple to make. The cake is loaded with chunks of apples. There are almost more apples than cake, which I love.  Dorie highly recommends using four different apple varieties so you get a little bit of everything-sweet, tart, crisp, and soft. I used Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Granny Smith apples. The cake is moist and can be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It is also good plain for breakfast-not that I would know:)

I am excited to cook and bake my way though Around My French Table. If French cooking intimidates you, don’t worry, Dorie will be with you every step of the way. Her recipes are very easy to understand and she shares numerous helpful hints along the way. Get ready to impress your family and friends with the finest French cuisine-right in your own home.

I hope to go back to France someday, but until then, I will cherish my memories and bring France home through Around My French Table.

Marie Helene's Apple Cake

Yield: Serves 10-12

Cook Time: 50-60 minutes


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 large apples (use 4 different kinds-I used Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Granny Smith)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and center a rack in the oven. Butter an 8 inch springform pan. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and put the springform pan on it. Set aside.

2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl.

3. Peel the apples, cut them in half, and remove the cores. Cut the apples into 1 to 2 inch chunks.

4. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until foamy. Pour in the sugar and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the rum and vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, when it's incorporated, add half of the melted butter, followed by the remaining flour mixture and butter. Mix in between additions so you have a smooth, thick batter.

5. Fold in the apples with a rubber spatula. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread with spatula so the batter is somewhat even.

6. Slide the pan in the oven and bake 50-60 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool for five minutes.

7. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and remove from the pan. Cool cake until slightly warm or at room temperature. If you want to remove the cake from the pan, wait until the cake is completely cooled. Slide a long spatula between the cake and pan, cover the top of the cake with a piece of parchment or wax paper, and invert it onto a rack. Carefully remove the bottom of the pan and turn the cake over onto a serving platter.

*Note-you can serve the cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Dorie suggests not covering the cake because it is so moist. Just press a piece of plastic wrap against the cut surfaces of the cake.

Recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table

If you like this apple cake, you might also like:

Apple Buttermilk Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Spiced Apple Cake from Joy the Baker
Maple Apple Ginger Cake from Baking Bites
Almond Apple Cake from Dragon’s Kitchen

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82 Responses to “Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake”

  1. Katrina — September 29, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    This looks amazing! I had something similar to this when I visited France as well. Your recipe is so simple! I love it.

  2. Shannon — September 29, 2010 @ 5:08 am

    look like a perfect way to eat fall :)

  3. Erica — September 29, 2010 @ 5:08 am

    Simple recipes are the best. And baked apples are incredible. What a beautiful treat. This seems easy enough to throw together for weekend guests

  4. Megan — September 29, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    What a gorgeous cake! The story behind it is so interesting too. I really like that there are 4 different kinds of apples to vary the textures in the cake.

  5. maggy@threemanycooks — September 29, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    This cake looks so delicious! Perfect for all the apples that will be coming out this season :)

  6. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 29, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    I love that you give your book a giant hug. I hope to share the experience of this apple cake & a trip to France someday. The rum in this cake sounds really nice. I am like you, I always like to mix up my apple varieties. xo

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl — September 29, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    I just ordered her book the other day. I hug my most treasured cookbooks too :) Can’t wait to get my copy!

  8. dorie — September 29, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    Just the thought of you hugging the book put a big grin on my face!

    The cake looks perfect — Marie-Helene would be so happy.

    • twopeas replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 7:38 am

      Dorie-thank you for stopping by. The cake is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe. We are really enjoying your latest book. Congratulations!

  9. Rachel (S[d]OC) — September 29, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    I should get this one! I love this cake. Nothing is quite as homey in the fall as apple cake. I can only hope to find something that looks this good when I go to Paris next week!

    Nothing wrong with having it for breakfast either!

  10. Megan — September 29, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    That is one fine looking cake! See ya in a week. :)

  11. amy beatty — September 29, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    I totally need to make this. Looks so good. I have everything but the rum. Do you think it would be ok with out it?

    • twopeas replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 7:36 am

      Amy-yes, you can leave the rum out. Maybe add in a little extra vanilla:) Enjoy!

  12. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 29, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    I love apple cake! That looks phenomenal.

  13. Liz @ LBBakes — September 29, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    That’s so interesting to use four different apples – I never would have thought of that! I need to add to my collection, I think I’ll check this book out!

    • twopeas replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 7:37 am

      Liz-you will love the book. It is a must own if you ask me:)

  14. Katrina — September 29, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    Awesome that Dorie commented herself. She picked our recipes for FFwD for the month of October and that cake is on the list (for Oct. 29). Can’t wait to make it–probably sooner than waiting a whole month!

  15. Angie — September 29, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Wow! What a great looking cake, I can’t wait to get back to France. We’ve been just once, and I loved it too.

  16. Pam — September 29, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Mmmm. I wish I had a slice with my coffee right now. It looks wonderful!

  17. nancy@skinnykitchen — September 29, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    Looks wonderful and delicious!

  18. the urban baker — September 29, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    I pre-ordered my book and it hasn’t arrived yet. Boo Hoo! With that said, your apple cook looks divine! I have so many apples right now, so this recipe is going to the top of my “to do” list!

  19. Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 29, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    is it wrong to want to eat the whole thing in one sitting?

  20. Heather — September 29, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    This looks like the perfect fall cake! Sounds amazing! I haven’t ordered my cookbook yet, but I think it’s time to!
    Can’t wait to meet you next week!

  21. Jenny Flake — September 29, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    What a gorgeous cake Maria! Love all of the beautiful ingredients!

  22. Lauren at KeepItSweet — September 29, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    i love this post. i am so tempted to get this book but recently i have gotten way too many cookbooks…….

  23. kat — September 29, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    What a perfect fall dish for all our great MN apples

  24. Fuji Mama — September 29, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    I have got to get my act together and order that book! Another reason why we are friends? You love France/Paris. :)

  25. Estela @ Weekly Bite — September 29, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    I love apple cake! This looks delicious! I love your story too! Now I want to order that cookbook!

  26. Michelle — September 29, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    You are so right about Dorie’s new book…it is fantastic!

  27. Camille — September 29, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    This looks so good! We don’t drink so is there anything I could substitute for the rum or just leave it out?

    • twopeas replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

      Camille-yes, you can leave out the rum. Add a little extra vanilla extract. Enjoy!

  28. Joanne — September 29, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    I ordered this book just last week and it’s supposedly on its way but I just can’t wait, especially not after seeing this beautiful cake!

  29. Tracy — September 29, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    Looks delicious! I have to get my hands on Dorie’s new book!

  30. Bridgett — September 29, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    My husband would love this simple yet elegant cake. This would be perfect with a bit of Bauchant apple cream on the side.

  31. Amber's Notebook — September 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    CUTE blog!! I found you by googling pear and cheese sandwiches (which I am going ot make for my lunch right now) and fell in love! Great recipes and photogrpahy!

    • twopeas replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

      Thanks for finding us! We look forward to seeing you around.

  32. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — September 29, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    I am going to have to add another fabulous cookbook of Dorie’s to my collection! This cake looks and sounds perfect!

  33. Margaret — September 29, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    It is such a beautiful book. Have been reading page by page and everything looks delicious.
    Your apple cake is lovely. Cannot wait to get to that one.
    And of course you started with a sweet. What else!!

  34. ingrid — September 29, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Hmm, I hadn’t realized her book was out. I’ll have to check it out when I go to the bookstore this weekend especially as that apple cake looks delightful!

  35. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — September 29, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    Your recipes never disappoint! :)

  36. Melissa — September 29, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    Ohhhh, I was just thinking about applecake while putting my baby to sleep…yum!

  37. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 29, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this cookbook, and the cake looks amazing!

  38. pigpigscorner — September 30, 2010 @ 4:54 am

    Wow the cake looks amazing! I have to look out for this book!

  39. Lisa — September 30, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    Another great apple cake! I just make your buttermilk one and posted it on my blog this morning.

  40. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 30, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    I’ve always wanted to make an apple cake but have just never stumbled across the right recipe… I think I’ve now found the perfect one, though! Your apple cake is just gorgeous, and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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