Bready or Not: French Apple Cake in a Springform Pan

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This French Apple Cake is thick with apples, not cake. There’s actually just enough batter to adhere everything together.

Bready or Not: French Apple Cake in a Springform Pan

The apples are the star, so get good ones. I recommend doing about half Honeycrisp and Pink Ladies, but go for a combo of two good kinds of baking apples. (Not sure which ones are best for baking? Google has lots of recs!)

Bready or Not: French Apple Cake in a Springform Pan

I’ve had a springform pan for years, but I’ve never used it like I did in 2020. That particular pan makes this cake extra good, too, because it creates a high cake with nicely browned edges.

Bready or Not: French Apple Cake in a Springform Pan

One thing I’ve noticed about French and Irish apple cakes is that they really emphasize the fruit. American cakes and pies add a lot more spice. As much as I love loading on the cinnamon, it’s refreshing to do a take like this sometimes.

Bready or Not: French Apple Cake in a Springform Pan

Let the fruit taste… well, fruity. Here, the addition of Calvados or another apple brandy brings that out even more. You don’t end up with an alcohol taste in the final result, but it does draw out more of the apple flavor.

This cake is a great one to slice up and freeze for later, too. Make the goodness last even longer!

Modified from Bake from Scratch September/October 2020 issue.

Bready or Not: French Apple Cake in a Springform Pan

This apple cake that lets the flavors of the apples shine through rather than with spices, as with American-style cakes and pies! There is just enough batter to adhere the apples together. Modified from Bake from Scratch September/October 2020 issue.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: apple, cake, springform pan
Author: Beth Cato


  • 9-inch springform pan
  • uneven spatula
  • parchment paper


  • 8 large baking apples totaling about 800 grams mix of Honeycrisp and Pink Lady recommended
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons apple brandy use Calvados to make it especially French
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or substitute vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon sparkling sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar for serving


  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by cutting a piece of parchment to fit the base. Apple nonstick spray to the pan, then add the parchment, and spray it as well. In addition, tear a piece of aluminum foil to cup the bottom of the pan to catch any drips.
  • Peel the apples and chop into 1-inch pieces. Toss with lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a big bowl, beat eggs until they are pale and foamy. Add the white sugar, apple brandy, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the big egg-sugar bowl along with the melted butter. Scrape the bowl as needed, stirring everything until just combined. Don’t expect a huge amount of batter–it’s there to act like delicious glue for all of the apple pieces!
  • Reserve 1 heaping cup of the apple chunks. Fold the rest of the apples into the batter, coating them. Dump the mix into the prepared pan and even out with an uneven spatula. Arrange the remaining apples on top, pushing them into the batter and smoothing them out as much as possible.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Add sparkling sugar over the top. Bake another 20 minutes and check on the cake. It is done with apples in middle are tender and a digital thermometer plunged into the center reads at least 200-degrees. If needed, cook longer; if it’s browning too much, cover with foil.
  • Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes on a cooling rack. Carefully release the springform ring to let it completely cool for at least an hour; place in fridge to speed the chilling process, if desired.
  • Slice into wedges. Enjoy cold, at room temperature, or warmed, with confectioners' sugar sprinkled over the top. Pieces can also be individually wrapped and frozen for later.