Rustic Apple Cake

This Rustic Apple Cake is just something else. I am so glad I have just made this because I think that has become one of my favorite apple recipes.

I just made this rustic apple cake and it is almost gone. Oh my…this is just superb!

It is simple and extremely easy to put together, like many of my other desserts, so… WINNER, WINNER, chicken dinner.

I really love apple pie, apple cake, pretty much anything to do with apples so this cake sure happen to be a winner for us.

I was thinking that you could probably use pears and maybe some other type of fruit if you like. I always try to think of ways you can improve/alter recipes.

There is not much I can say about this cake but just that it will be a repeat for us very soon!! I am so glad I made this after so long ago……


Make sure all of the apples are covered with the batter like in the picture. You can sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar when the cake cools or leave it as is.


Rustic Apple Cake

Yield: 8 servings


1/4 cup olive oil, coconut oil will also work
2 organic eggs
3/4 cup unrefined sugar, you can try 1/2 cup instead
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 apples, thinly sliced
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
1/2 cup low fat milk
powdered sugar, optional



Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan.

In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar for 2-3 minutes. I do this with the hand mixer.

Stir in oil, and vanilla and combine. Then stir in flour and baking powder alternating with the milk. Stir in apples, coating every piece with batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 55-65 minutes or until cake pulls away from pan and is brown on top, like in the picture.

Cool for 20-30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar if desired.

Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 8 servings.

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  1. This coffee cake looks so good! I love anything with streusel on top but that PLUS caramel sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try this.

  2. Hello,
    Thanks for the Apple and caramel coffee cake” recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don’t mind, can you submit your Apple and caramel coffee cake photo in ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you’d like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

  3. Oh wow. That looks SO yummy! And the streusel. Wow. I made apple cinnamon bread yesterday with streusel but your streusel looks way better. :) I’m sure you’re right that the caramel isn’t needed. I’m happy to see an apple recipe from you. I’m all about apples at the moment!

  4. Emily, thanks. Let me know if you try it.

    Texanerin, yeah I think this is the most streusel I have ever used in baking. I though it was good but the caramel for me was a bit much. It was a good think a just used 1/4 cup :-)

  5. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  6. It looks exactly like the Southern Living version I made last night, except healthier. I think next time around, I will incorporate some of your changes!

  7. Marla, thanks so much!! Can’t wait to see your awesome pictures.
    Stephanie, this cake does not taste healthy at all so I think you will not feel cheated :-)

  8. Oh wow, this looks incredible! Caramel and apple are like my favorite flavors, and that streusel on top looks incredible! Awesome!! I wish I had a reason to make this, otherwise I’d eat 3/4 of it!

  9. This looks like a great recipe for Fall… can’t wait to try it!

  10. Man that looks delish!!! I LOVE your blog…am just discovering it–delicious!!!!

  11. Indulging is totally an important part of life, and anything with caramel and apples is a worthwhile indulgence in my book :)

  12. This cake looks absolutely delicious and perfect for fall! Apples, caramel, and streusel are some of my favourite things in baking. WIll be making this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Heidi,

    I am right with you. It was a good thing there is plenty of people in my house to share it all :-)

    Stephanie, thanks. You should try it.

    Pretty hungry girl, let me know if you get to try it. If you do I hope you like it.

    Laura, we both agreed. This cake was nothing but indulgence :-)

    Jessica, let me know if you get to try it. Thanks for stopping by.

  14. looks incredible… can’t believe how healthy it is in comparison to how it looks. you and i have proven that u dont’ need to eat crazy fatty desserts to enjoy them. :)

  15. Honey, thanks. You see? Just a few alteration and you don’t have to feel as bad eating such an amazing cake :-)

  16. Yum Yum Yum – this was good and I felt so much healthier eating this with the Olive Oil instead of Butter (its a mental thing), THANKS :-)

  17. Rachel Ring,

    I am glad you liked it. It is way better than the butter, healthier fats :-)

    Thanks for the feedback and for visiting my blog!!

  18. after seeing the recipe just could not stop myself from baking one for myself and it was damn tasty with the apple and caramel mixed with coffee.
    Glan Deas
    Kopi Luwak

  19. Wow, sounds and looks delicious! How do you make the caramenl sauce? can you give a link for that recipe or just post it in the comments? Please and thank you!

  20. Oh wow, thanks so much! Yea I saw it when I scrolled up again! I’m silly. But thank you for responding anyway, much appreciated Myriam! I stumbled onto your facebook page and then visited your site. It’s great and the recipes are super easy! I’m a foodie, so that’s wonderful. I plan on testing this recipe for when my sister comes back from med-school.

  21. I just finished making this. It looks and smells delicious. However, my strudel started to burn before the cake was finished. I hope I rescued it by scraping some off. I made some more strudel and just heated a little bit. Also, between your recipe and photos of the stages of caramelizing sugar – I had success for only the 2nd time with a caramel sauce. Do you see/hear me doing a happy dance! Thank you for all your work and sharing!

  22. This looks delicious! I wouldn’t feel so bad about my occasional need to eat cake for breakfast if it was this cake :)

  23. I made it today! It was delicious. I never liked pies with fruits before, but after I tried this one I had to have another piece. I am in school to become a Dietitian, so you really inspire me! I can wait to try new recipes. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  24. I want to make this so badly!!! It looks delicious. I’m making out my grocery list of things I need. Do you use sweet and unsweetened applesauce?

  25. Hi. I just wanted to let you know I found the unrefined sugar at Whole Foods on sale for $4.49, regular price $4.99. The exact same brand, 1 pound etc. I am ready to bake!!!!

  26. Looks delicious. One small note: “Streusel” topping, not “strudel.”

  27. What kind of yogurt would you suggest if you can’t do dairy?  Soy? Almond? or Coconut?

  28. Has anyone tried this with coconut oil (instead of olive oil) in the cake?

  29. My daughter can’t eat eggs.  Can I substitute  applesauce for the eggs. And if yes. How much. Obviously I would use the entire olive oil and not sub in applesauce then. 

  30. I loved the look of this cake and at this time of year we have lots of apples. Only question “where does the coffee come in” one reviewer said she loved the mix of Apple,caramel and coffee. Please, have I misse d something? I have read the recipe for the cake and caramel but still miss it. 
    Shall make the cake as I read it as it looks great.

  31. Wet Saturday good time to make the cake. Great made the caramel sauce, might have to hide it from the family, husband loved it. Thanks

  32. Can I use all purpose flour instead?

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