Eplekake : Norwegian apple cake

This apple cake is a delight to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Ideal for a special occasion, during Fika, or simply as a snack. It won over my in-laws unanimously with its enchanting cinnamon flavour and the crunch of the almond and sugar topping, adding an exquisite touch to every bite.
  • 150 g / 5.29 oz flour​
  • 60 g / 2.12 oz brown sugar (+ for the top)​
  • 150 g / 5.29 oz butter​
  • 100 ml / 3.38 fl oz fermented milk​
  • 5 to 7 apples (depending on size)​
  • 3 eggs​
  • 1 sachet baking powder​
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon​
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom​
  • Slivered almonds​
  • Unrefined cane sugar (optional)


​Peel the apples and cut into small cubes. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Melt the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave.

​Place the flour, sugar, eggs, milk, baking powder, cinnamon and cardamom in the bowl. Add the melted butter. Mix until smooth. Add the apple cubes and mix gently with a pastry blender until they are evenly distributed in the dough.

​Butter and flour a 22 cm diameter cake tin. Sprinkle generously with flaked almonds and dust with sugar (brown sugar & unrefined cane sugar).

​Place in the oven for around 45 minutes, checking with the blade of a knife that the cake comes out clean when cooked. Leave to cool completely before unmoulding and serving.

Eplekake : Norwegian apple cake
Capra Pyrenaica 28 April 2024
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