February 12, 2018

With Valentine’s Day being through the week this year, making something that is both quick and delicious is a must.  I found the perfect dessert for the occasion! This apple cake is so easy to make… and I bet you have all of the ingredients on hand!

First, let’s talk about the apples.  Anytime a recipe calls for apples, I always use a mix of at least two varieties.  Usually, McIntosh and Cortland.  Macs are a bit on the tart side, and tend to cook soft, while Cortlands are a touch sweeter and hold their shape when cooked.  It really is the perfect duo!  Since these varieties also store well over the winter, I always have a great supply of them in my fridge.  Did you know that we grow over 30 varieties of apples in our orchard?  To learn more about what ones you would love to use in this recipe, click here!

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I baked this cake in a heart shaped springform pan, but any springform pan will do.

Minimal steps and directions = perfect for your kids to help make!

This cake couldn’t be any easier to prepare!

The longest part was waiting for the cake to bake!

That texture! Yum!

This recipe was adapted from the Smitten Kitchen blog.  You can find the original recipe here, or follow along here to see how I made it.   It’s a Russian apple cake, and after making it, I think it will be a staple dessert in our home!

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Apple Sharlotka

butter or nonstick spray for greasing pan
6 large apples (3 McIntosh and 3 Cortland)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
ground cinnamon
powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.  I like to trace my pan on the parchment paper and cut it out to get the perfect fit! Next, butter the paper and the sides of the pan.  Peel and slice the apples, and chop them into bite-sized pieces (the bigger your pieces, the chunkier the cake will be).  Put the apple pieces directly into the springform pan.

Next, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until they are blended and thick.  Beat in the vanilla, then stir in the flour until combined.  Using a spatula, pour the batter into the pan over the apples.  Spread it around to ensure the batter goes down into the apples.

Bake in the oven for about 60 minutes – or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool the cake in the pan, and then flip on a cooling rack or plate to peel off the parchment paper.  Flip back onto your serving plate and dust on the powdered sugar and cinnamon.

We loved eating this with a serving of vanilla ice cream!

We hope you enjoy this recipe and treat someone special this Valentine’s Day!

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