French Apple Cake
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Serves: 10-12
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 4 apples, sliced thinly (you can peel them, if you like, but I didn't because I like the color the skin adds to the cake and the skins cook down, anyway)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch or a 10-inch spring form pan with non-stick spray. Heat ¾ cup of granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of water over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden. Don't worry if it bubbles, that's fine. Add in the lemon juice and remove from heat - be careful not to burn your hands, as it will sputter a bit. Pour into bottom of your pan. Arrange your apple slices on top of the caramel in a circular pattern (it's okay if they overlap). Set aside.
  2. Beat together the remaining ¾ cup of granulated sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Combine the flour and baking powder in a small bowl, then gradually add to the batter, beating until just moistened. Gently spread the batter over the apples and caramel (don't worry if it isn't perfect, it will look beautiful after it is baked).
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes, until golden. When ready, remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes, then invert onto a plate and serve warm or at room temperature. I recommend a cup of coffee or tea, or even a scoop of ice cream, to go along with it!
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at