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Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon Apple Pie Cake

IIs it a pie? Is it a cake?  In this recipe, a cake batter is poured in and around the apples to hold it all together in the consistency of a cake, but there are so many apples involved that it can officially pass for a pie too. 

It looks like a cake, but it’s so full of apples that it can pass for a pie too!

Prep Time – 30 minutes
Cook Time – 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings – 10 servings
Calories – 437kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g superfine white sugar
  • 177 ml vegetable or canola oil
  • 177 ml unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 100g all purpose flour

TOPPING:

  • 1 1/4 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 1/2 to 10-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom with a round of parchment paper and then spray again.

 

2. Layer the apple slices in the pan until they come about 2/3 of the way up the side. (I went a little higher than that and it worked out fine). Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar over the apples.

 

3. Prepare the batter by beating the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the oil, applesauce and vanilla and beat well, then stir in the flour. Pour the batter on top of the apples, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon-sugar on top. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to allow the batter to sink down and around the apples.

 

4. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan. If you try to remove the cake from the pan while it is still warm, it will tend to break apart. I refrigerated my cake before slicing, and that worked out well. Serve slices with ice cream (warm individual slices in the microwave, if desired).