Apple and Orange Cake

Olivia Homecook
by Olivia Homecook
1 Cake
1 hr 5 min

What's so special about apple cake? Nothing maybe... unless you are making this recipe! Apple cake tastes lovely but it doesn't always win in the looks department, hence the rose pattern you see here. Plus, it isn't as complex as it may look.

It's best to use apples that have a bright red colour and are ideally harder and more on the crunchy side, as opposed to mushy or crumbly. This means they will do better with holding their shape after baking, which is the whole point of making the rose pattern.

The orange used in this recipe can be swapped out with lemons.

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Recipe details
  • 1  Cake
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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Cake batter
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (canola or coconut oil)
  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Juice from one orange
  • Zest from one orange
  • 3 tsbp apricot jam/preserve (for glaze)
  • 2 tsbp honey (for glaze)
Cake batter
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch springform or regular cake pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare the glaze: in a small bowl mix the apricot jam and honey, set aside.
In a small bowl, mix and sift the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Using a handheld mixer, whisk the eggs and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
Gradually add the oil and continue to mix. Then add the vanilla extract, orange juice and zest, and continue to mix for a few more seconds.
Add the sifted flour and baking powder, mix until well combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Slice the apple, then pour the lemon juice over it and sprinkle with sugar.
Place and arrange the sliced apple into your preferred pattern on top of the cake.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Brush the cake with the apricot and honey glaze mixture, and allow the cake to cool on a rack in the pan before serving.
  • Dhanu nayak Dhanu nayak on Jan 05, 2023

    Would have loved to have seen a slice of the cake when cut to see what it looks like on the cross section.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 12, 2023

    Would like to do a sugar free version of your recipe, will let you know how it comes out! Next week. It is really beautiful, you did a great, creative job. Kudos to you.