The easiest apple cake recipe I know

There was a time when I loved to make complicated dishes and desserts. But then I realized that nothing could beat the beauty of simplicity, especially important when you are busy and want some cake to appear from out of nowhere and accompany your evening coffee… That is why I now adore this recipe. It´s so delicious and easy to make, that one can enjoy a mouth-watering dessert in an hour or so, with just about 15 minutes of preparation, and the rest of the work done by the oven.

It may come as a surprise that apple desserts (pies, tarts, cakes, turnovers, etc.) are beloved by Peruvian bakers. Having a good apple recipe to share with family and friends is of the utmost significance, and this is mine!

As you can see, there is nothing difficult about preparing this cake. I like to think of it as one of my daily fruit portions, because its main ingredient is apples (and that way I don´t feel guilty about it). Some berries can be added to the cake, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or even cranberries. These fruits are not used in Peru, so there I would perhaps add mulberries instead. An all-apple cake is equally delightful, more so if using tart apples. In that case don´t add any lime juice to the fruit. I’ve just included it in the recipe because sometimes all I can find are sweet apples.

I serve this cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Do you want a bite?

Apple cake with berries
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
  • 6 apples
  • Grated zest of 1 lime or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped cream
  • Blueberries to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Peel and core the apples. Cut them in thin slices, put them in a bowl and sprinkle with lime or lemon zest. Add cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar, and stir to combine.
  3. Put the apple slices in a greased 9 inch baking pan. Add some blueberries.
  4. In another bowl put brown sugar, flour, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  5. Combine with a spatula or a wire whisk, and pour over the apples.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream, and blueberries.


  1. I made this and was amazing, thanks by sharing!

  2. really tasty, but it didn’t take anywhere near 55 minutes. next time i’m going to lower the temp to 350.

  3. Really wanted to try your recipe but would’ve preferred the ingredients to be more precise in metric measurements…problem for those of us who r using weighing scales. Thanks

    • We give our measurements in cups and spoons. That is easier for homecooks. But you have a great idea to update our baking récipes. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Cooking this in Perú! 🙂 My husband and I always dazzle my Peruvian in-laws with recipes from your site when we visit here (from the US, where we live). My father-in-law has said many times, in amazement, that he can’t believe that a gringa can cook Peruvian food so well. My secret is Peru Delights! Haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I’m sure it will be amazing, and we are baking it tomorrow. We looked high and low in Tottus for blueberries, but couldn’t find any. There weren’t any raspberries, blackberries, or mulberries either, unfortunately. I guess we’ll be having a plain apple cake, but I’m sure it will be a hit! Thanks for posting, and for your cookbooks. We have both of them at home, and they are very well worn.

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