All about Apple Cakes
When it comes to all-American deserts, it’s safe to say that apple cakes take the cake! The heavenly aroma of cake mixed with sliced apples, melted butter, vanilla extract, smothered in cinnamon and nutmeg, and often topped by crushed nuts is what gives this classic cake its wide appeal. Varieties of apple cake include apple muffins, apple spice cake, apple nut cake, apple brandy cake, applesauce cake, harvest apple cake, apple cranberry cake, sugar and spice apple cake, glazed apple cake delight, apple cake with cream cheese frosting, apple streusel cake, apple crisp, apple tart, and many more.
Apple Cake Recipes
To find an apple cake recipe, simply look under “Apple,” “Cakes,” “Desserts,” or “Fruits” in your favorite cookbook or cake decorating book. Alternatively, go online, where you will find many “how to” videos on baking apple cakes, as well as hundreds of traditional and original apple cake recipes.
Apple Cake Ingredients
Common to most apple cakes is the main ingredient… apples! With the hundreds of apple varieties available worldwide, each with their hallmark color, flavor, shape, and texture, there is an apple to suit every recipe and to satisfy every taste bud. Popular apples for baking include Macintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Matsu, which have a tart, sweet, mellow, or spicy flavor.
When using fresh apples to bake an apple cake (as opposed to apple pie filling or applesauce), simply peel, core, and finely chop the apples, then toss with some little lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. When your cake batter is ready, fold in the apples (along with chopped nuts, raisins, and spices), pour the mixture into your baking pan, stick it in the oven, and behold – an apple cake is born!
Apple Cake Toppings
To put the finishing touches on your apple desert sensation, select a tantalizing topping such as icing sugar, apricot glaze, caramel sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, crunchy streusel, or a dollop of vanilla ice cream!
Popular Apple Cakes
Apple Streusel Cake
This melt-in-your-mouth apple cake is actually a coffee cake which combines the delicious flavor of sliced apples, coffee cake batter, and a streusel topping – typically made from brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon, and rolled outs, or any type of chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans). Served warm or at room temperature, apple streusel cakes always steal the show!
Apple crisps are otherwise known as Cobblers, Brown Bettys, Crumbles, and Crisps. What unites these homemade ‘to-die-for’ deserts is the combination of a fresh fruit cake bottom, topped with a biscuit, cookie-crumb, or crunchy topping (i.e., apple crumb topping, streusel topping, crushed graham cracker topping). Nothing warms up a cool autumn day or satisfies a hungry stomach more than an apple crisp made from high-grade fresh apples picked right at harvest time!
A classy, elegant apple desert that is delicious at home but also fitting to be served at weddings and other high-class affairs. An apple tart features a shortbread crust over which is spread a cream cheese filling mixed with the taste of cinnamon-sugared apple slices, all topped by a dusting of sliced almonds.
Apple Galette is a less-known but delectable French-style apple cake featuring rectangles of puff pastry, sweet pastry crust, or yeast dough, topped with sliced apples and either almond cream, dried or candied fruits, nuts, jams, or cheeses. For desert, serve with a helping of whipped cream or ice cream; for brunch or as an elegant breakfast danish, serve warm.