Recipe: An Italian Apple Cake

Apple Cake, Dessert, Bramble and ThornA couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday and was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous new cookbook - Florentine. Florentine is a book focused solely on Florence and filled with traditional Florentine recipes and stunning location photography.

I immediately went through and marked all of the recipes I wanted to make (read: 95% of the book), but one recipe that I knew I had to make straight away was the Apple Cake, or Torta di Mele. It was made on a rainy Saturday afternoon and was enjoyed fresh out of the oven with a large cup of French Earl Grey (my favourite tea at the moment).

Apple Cake, Dessert, Bramble and Thorn

I've copied down the recipe below if you'd like to try it out yourself. It was ridiculously easy and you'll likely already have most of the ingredients on hand.

Apple Cake, Dessert, Bramble and Thorn

Apple Cake (Torta di Mele)


  • 2 large golden delicious apples (or other good cooking apple), peeled, cored and sliced 1 cm thick
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 180 g sugar
  • 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 ml milk
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 23 cm cake tin.

Place the apple in a bowl with the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the sugar.

Beat the remaining sugar with the butter until pale and creamy, add the eggs and beat very well until you have a thick, pale mixture. Add the milk and the zest, then fold in the flour, baking powder, salt and half the apple slices, along with the lemon juice to combine.

Pour into the prepared cake tin and place the remaining apple slices all over the surface. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and springy to the touch.

Serves 8

Apple Cake, Dessert, Bramble and Thorn
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