The Best Classic French Apple Cake (Easy Recipe)

French apple cake combines rich, buttery batter with the sweetness of fresh apples and a crisp topping. Dusted with powdered sugar and served with a dollop of whipped cream, it’s a simple yet elegant treat perfect for any occasion.

Prep Time: 15 Min


butter sugar eggs vanilla extract flour baking powder salt milk apples sliced almonds powdered sugar

Cook Time: 45 Min

Prepare Dry Ingredients

In a medium size bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. This is your flour mixture.


Cream Butter and Sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream together room-temperature butter and sugar using an electric hand mixer until well combined and fluffy.


Add Eggs and Vanilla

Beat in eggs and vanilla extract until well incorporated.


Combine Ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Beat until just combined. Add milk, and beat until the cake batter is well mixed.


Fold in the Apples

Gently fold in cubed apples into the cake batter using a rubber spatula.


Pour and Bake

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top of the batter with a spatula. Bake in the middle position of the oven for 20 minutes.


Prepare Topping

While the cake is baking, prepare the topping. In a small saucepan, melt butter and sugar.


Prepare Topping

Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract.


Add Topping

After 20 minutes, pour the topping evenly over the top of the cake.


Continue Baking

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.


Add Almonds

Sprinkle sliced almonds on top and bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until almonds just begin to turn golden brown.


Cool and Serve

Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, run a sharp knife around the sides of the bowl and remove the cake from the pan. Dust with powdered sugar.