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Swedish Apple Cake

When I first saw this cake, I was reminded that patterns exist in so many places, including food. The suggested design reminded me of a quilt and I couldn’t wait to create my own work of art. It did not however take me days to make it, just a few minutes…and it was well worth it!

Swedish Apple CakeAnn Brettingen’s Swedish Apple Cake


3/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 extra-large egg
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
100 grams of butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 to 2 tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Generously butter a 9-inch cast-iron skillet.

2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Stir in the vanilla and the melted butter. The mixture will be smooth and shiny. Gently stir in the flour and baking powder and scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Top with the apples, making a spiral pattern; leaving some space between each slice.

3. Bake at 350F for about 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack.

4. Let the cake cool for at least 15 minutes, or wait until it reaches room temperature, before you cut it into wedges to serve.

Storing: Cooled and covered, the cake will keep overnight at room temperature, but it’s best served shortly after it’s baked. (Um, yeah…no need to store this one, it is already gone!)

Yield: Serves 6
Source: Adapted from Dorie Greenspan


8 Responses to “Swedish Apple Cake”

  1. The blankets are beautiful patterns and so is your apple cake. There is also the pattern of disorganization isn’t there? That would be me.

    Posted by MyKitchenInHalfCups | May 10, 2008, 1:18 pm
  2. Dorie’s Swedish Visiting Cake is one of my all-time favorites. Someday I’m going to try the apple version. Yours looks delicious!

    Posted by Judy | May 10, 2008, 1:27 pm
  3. That apple cake looks good. I like the pattern of the apples.

    Posted by Kevin | May 10, 2008, 2:45 pm
  4. I love Dorie’s Swedish Visiting Cake. I make when no one is visiting so there is more for me! ;) It looks even better with apples! Great job!

    Posted by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy | May 10, 2008, 11:23 pm
  5. That looks amazing, so tasty and moist.Lovely blog too btw, I’ve added you to my blog roll.

    Posted by culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess | May 11, 2008, 6:23 am
  6. Yum! Guillermo would love this…he loves apple pie and clafoutis-this looks like a new twist. I definitely have to make it down to Peru-those blankets look amazing!

    Posted by Rebecca | May 11, 2008, 8:43 am
  7. What a beautiful cake! And it sounds delicious as well.

    Posted by Deborah | May 11, 2008, 11:14 am
  8. those apple slices look so amazing, you just want to pluck them out and eat them solo! wonderful.

    Posted by Mara | May 11, 2008, 1:40 pm

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