Sebastian’s Apple Cake

You have to try this cake, because it is, oh, so easy and delicious!  A favorite family recipe, that I traditionally bake on my son’s birthday.  That is how it became “Sebastian’s Apple Cake” …

150 g butter
2 large eggs
225 g sugar (approx. 1 cup)
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla essence — I use 1 sachet @ 8 g ‘Sucre vanillé’
225 g self-raising flour (approx. 2 cups) — I use plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 apples peeled, cored and cut in wedges — Use sour apples like ‘Granny Smith’
or 1 kg apricots (fresh or frozen ones) halved and pitted

1 lined-with-parchment-paper springform pan (square 24×24 cm or loaf 30×11 cm or round 9″)

Preheat oven: 160°C or 320°F

Melt butter in a pan (or microwave) until runny and pour into a large bowl.

Add the eggs, sugar and almond/vanille essence; beat well until mixed.  Fold in the flour and baking powder.

Spread just under two thirds of the mixture in the springform pan.  Then arrange the fruit on top of the mixture; make sure it’s a whole layer of fruit!  Spread the remaining mixture.  This seems difficult, but don’t worry; it doesn’t have to cover all the fruit.

Adjust an oven rack so it is at the lowest level of and bake for

  • 70 min if using a square or round springform
  • 90 min if using a loaf springform

After removing your cake from the oven, let it cool down.


Sprinkle powder sugar on top before serving.


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