French Apple Cake

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I have another guest post today from Taryn at {Sweetly} Serendipity!  Check out Taryn’s French Apple Cake!  This is definitely my kind of dessert!  :)

After I made some delicious apple cider muffins with the fruits of my apple picking trip (haha… fruits!) (somebody needs to teach me better jokes…), I neglected the rest of my apples for quite some time until they were starting to soften and I knew I needed to use them up. I scoured the internet and came across a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table that David Lebovitz had recreated and shared on his blog. The recipe called for simple ingredients that I already had on hand, and a bit of rum to flavor the cake. It sounded like a winner, so I decided to go with it.

I was in a bit of a time crunch, so I split the recipe up into two pans to bake more quickly, which worked like a charm. The cake batter was simple to put together, however it seemed so soupy when I poured it into the pan I was worried I’d done something wrong. I double checked the recipe, and everything seemed right, so I popped the pans into the oven and hoped for the best.


To my delight, the cakes came out beautifully. The very liquid batter yields a very delicate, custard-like cake, with plenty of apple bites strewn throughout. The apples cook just enough to be tender, but still have a soft bite to them, which was a great contrast to the soft pudding cake. We didn’t even try the cake for a full two days after I’d made it because I didn’t have a chance to photograph it in good daylight until the third day, but by that time the flavors had had plenty of time to sit and marry, and the cake was so flavorful. The rum had an almost dominating flavor, which seemed like it might be offensive at first, but I ended up really enjoying it.


I tried the cake at room temperature first, but quickly came to realize that heated up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top was definitely the way to go. It was slightly reminiscent to me of apple pie, without the cinnamon and the heavy crust – just pure appley-custardy-puddingy-pleasure. A simple fall delight, for sure.  What is your favorite fall apple recipe?



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