Thursday, October 28, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie: Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

This is my second week participating in the new cooking and baking group, French Fridays with Dorie. This group is working our way through Dorie Greenspan's newest cookbook, Around My French Table. And so far, Dorie's recipes are 2 for 2 in the success department. I consider a recipe a true success if I will make it again. And I will definitely make this apple cake again. It is beyond easy to make. And the result is a moist delicious fruit filled cake reminiscent of classic apple pie. In fact the cake is fruit filled it's hard to really even call this cake. But it doesn't really matter what it's called because it tastes great!

I used 2 types of apples, gala and granny smith. I made a full recipe in two 6 inch cake pans. I wanted to use 2 pans for a little taste test. One was according to the recipe (with the exception of rum...used water instead). The other had some spices added in...1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a hefty pinch of nutmeg. Hubby and I did a taste test and both decided we preferred the one with the spices added. In the photo below the cake on the right has the spices.

The cake was extra tasty with a dollop of fresh made whipped cream and of course makes a fabulous breakfast. I think most of my baked goods end up being breakfast in this house.

See how other French Fridays bakers fared with their apple cakes.


  1. Hey , thannnk u for hopn by , am very excited at ur post coz i did the same , added spices to one portion and baked in 2 tins:-)

    Ur rite,its more appley than cakkey but i love it:-)

    Urs looks so delish!

  2. It's going to be breakfast here very soon,too! Wasn't it good? Your cake is lovely.

  3. Bake goods for breakfast - it's the best way to enjoy them! Your cakes look lovely.

  4. Yes. Breakfast for sure. I was going to add spices too but held off. Hmm...time time I may have to.
    Trevor Sis Boom

  5. Great photos! So glad you loved this one! :)

  6. Good call on cream!! I bet a little creme fraiche ice cream would have been terrific...

  7. Your cake could not look more elegant. Wish I was enjoying a slice of it right now.