Easy Apple Cake; Salon du Chocolat

Yes, it’s another cake.

What can I say – I’ve been a little crazy lately.

We’re even going to attend our first Thanksgiving Dinner in 20 years tomorrow… But that’s another story.

This story is about cake.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was hosting the monthly book club meeting. I was thinking about making an apple cake / coffee cake.

Lots of wonderful recipes were soon streaming my way.

This is the winner.

It’s from ma belle-soeur in Hawaii.

She has the best dessert recipes ! She also sent me the recipe for Lemon Ricotta Cake which is a wonderful, lemon-y cake.

I had to make some modifications as the original was meant to be in a 9″ cake pan and I only have a 10″ spring-form pan.

As I am a cook, not a baker, the thought of changing a recipe terrified me.

Not to be boastful but…. It was really, really good.

I didn’t line the bottom of my pan with parchment and I couldn’t get it to release nicely. I didn’t want to turn it over as the top was nice and crackly. Thus it stayed on the bottom of the pan.

Next time – parchment paper.

This has a lot of apple and is very moist. It’s good the first day, and the second…. Probably the third and fourth, too, if there is any left.

This serves 8 – 12.

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Easy Apple Cake

This is a very easy cake. A spring-form is great to make a nice presentation, but could be served from a cake pan or pie plate.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts


  • 1 1/2 cups (195gr) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (180gr) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup (150gr) white sugar
  • 1/3 cup (90gr) butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups (400gr) peeled, chopped apple (Granny Smith) 
  • 3/4 cup (75gr) chopped walnuts


  • Butter and flour a 10″ (25cm) cake or spring-form pan, line bottom with parchment
  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
  • Cream butter, vanilla and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.
  • Add dry ingredients, beating on low until smooth.
  • Stir in apples and walnuts by hand.
  • Spread mixture into prepared pan. 
  • Bake, 50 – 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. 
  • Remove and cool for 20 minutes.
  • Remove sides if using a spring-form pan and serve or allow to cool completely.


Lining a cake pan will allow you to turn it onto a cake plate. If you want the ‘crunchy’ side up you’ll need to turn it again – using another plate.

Keywords: apple cake, apples, easy cakes

This did not need frosting or icing or ice cream or whipped cream or anything else.

Easy Apple Cake, Slice

On another note, last weekend was the Salon du Chocolat.

Naturally, we went.

It was encouraging to see that they were promoting healthy eating and suggesting one eats the ‘five-a-day’ of fruit and vegetables.

Chocolate of course….

Chocolate turnip anyone?

Tablets were very popular this year, too

Chocolate tablets.

And macarons…..

We do love these little macarons.

Admission to the Salon is only 2.50 euro…. which is good, so one can spend more on chocolate.

4 thoughts on “Easy Apple Cake; Salon du Chocolat”

  1. But what if you live in the États-Unis and you have a 9″ cake pan but not a 10″ springform? Can you post the original recipe as well, please?

    • But it’s easier to get other sizes in the US lol For a 9″ pan cut the recipe by 1/3 – 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup of each sugar, etc. Use 1 egg and get close on the spices. It really is an easy, almost foolproof cake
      Hope that helps.

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