Apple cake


This recipe is inspired from the French apple cake called “patrouillard”. The Patrouillard was originally an apple cake from the North of France. This recipe differs quite a bit from the traditional recipe since the original cake is based on a shortcrust pastry.

Apple cake

Servings 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 4 medium-size apples (choose a variety that is suitable for cooking)
  • 125 g sugar cane or white
  • 200 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g butter
  • 9 tbsp milk (or yogurt)
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 1 pinch of vanilla powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • almond powder optional


  • In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Melt the butter, and add it to the mixture. Add 100 g of flour, salt, mix. Then add the milk. Add the baking powder and the remaining 100g of flour, and mix again. You can add almond powder (I add about 50 g which I substitute for the flour).
  • Wash and cut your apples (which you can peel beforehand) in 6. Stir the apples into your cake batter, mixing well.
  • Butter a round cake tin, or cover the bottom of a cake tin with baking paper. Pour the cake batter. You can sprinkle silvered almonds on top before baking.
  • Cook for about 35 minutes at 180°C (check with the tip of a knife). Leave to cool on a wire rack, and enjoy!


A few ideas:
You can serve this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a homemade salted butterscotch caramel sauce, or whipped cream for example…
You can also adapt this recipe to make a pear cake, or mix apples / pears, add cinnamon….
For a vegan variant, I recommend replacing the butter by coconut oil, and the eggs by a banana. You can also replace the milk by almond milk.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Apple, Cake

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