French Fresh Apple Cake

Fluffy and moist apple cake with fresh apples and cinnamon (no baking powder). Easy and packed with special flavors – this little cake is ideal as breakfast (on-the-go) or tea/coffee brunch. 


When I fist met my french my mother -in-law it was no surprise to me she was an excellent cook. I certainly had a lot to learn, luckily she was eager (and still is) to share her knowledge and recipes with me. 

Today’s recipe is a family favorite apple cake with fresh grated apples from my husband’s childhood. Adding fresh fruits to a cake makes them much more rich and delicious, don’t you think?


  1. Do not skip beating the eggs with sugar until they become a fluffy foam texture. That gives the cake extra air and flavor.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients gently and mix with the goal to preserve as much air as possible.
  3. The cake batter should be somewhat liquid (but not runny like honey). If you feel the cake can take an extra apple, be sure to grate one additional in. 
  4. Change walnuts with pecans or hazelnuts. Yes, this cake is that versatile.

Moist Apple Cake Recipe with Fresh Apples and Cinnamon

Super moist apple cake with fresh apples, rich cinnamon flavor. It's simple to prepare, yet low on sugar, airy and even healthy.  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings


1 cup = 200 ml

  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat)
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3-4 apples, skin off, grated
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts , finely chopped


  • In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar until it looks like a soft foam (3-4 min). Then add vegetable oil and beat again on low speed until incorporated.
  • Then wash apples, remove skin with peeler and grate (on largest grater side) while removing the seeds and inside. Add to the above mix, then add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and walnuts. Mix gently until all is well combined. Take care to preserve as much air as possible.
  • Bake in preheated oven (350F/180C) until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and slice in desired shape. Serve with tea/coffee.

Recipe Notes

If you want to make your bake even airier, put the baking pan on the bottom of your oven grid for the 1st 10 min of the baking process. Then return the grid in the middle.

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