French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake




Total Time: 1 hr

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Yield: 10 servings





  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp rum
  • 2 honey crisp or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, for topping
  • confectioners’ sugar, for decoration




  1. Set oven rack in middle position. Grease a 9-inch springform regular cake pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. (Note: If using a regular pan, line bottom with parchment paper and grease again.).
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter and ⅔ cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping bowl after each addition. Beat in vanilla and rum. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in chopped apples.
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan, even the top, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 40 minutes or until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
  5. Run a knife around the edges of the cake. Remove the sides of the springform pan. If using a regular cake pan, carefully invert cake and peel off parchment paper.
  6. Dust cooled cake with confectioners’ sugar for serving.