Hope you enjoy! Hi There, I just tried your recipe for this cake. Do wonder if I can substitute 3T Grand Marnier for the 3T Rum? Hi Jennifer, Thank you for posting this recipe, it sounds great. I wear the “I hate to bake’ crown, because I just don’t enjoy baking. We just love this simple cake, moist and full of flavor. I made this cake yesterday. Very easy to make and simply delicious! Great recipe. I’ll let you know how they work frozen and defrosted. Hi there! Good rum is a must. I liked the apple cider much better. It was so amazingly good. After consulting the group chat, we decided to try the white rum. I wonder if the sugar could be swapped for a substitute? We made this with dairy free butter and it worked perfectly. My sister is also making it tonight for herself & one for a neighbor. Just used a higher gas mark 4 as gas mark 3 appeared too low. I added peach juice instead of rum and added almond extract , cinnamon and nutmeg. Thank you. I followed the recipe to the T. Turned into a crumbly mess. Made this without the rum (didn’t have any on hand) and added one teaspoon of almond extract in addition to the vanilla, plus a tablespoon of McCormick’s gingerbread spice blend and it was amazing! Hi Lee, You could add apple cider in place of the rum. So yummy! I just took mine out of the oven, and it does not look as fluffy as yours…mine is very flat…followed the directions exactly…what could I have done wrong? It was equally as good as the first time! Light sponge and sharp apples. Because it’s so simple the taste of the apples really shines, with a background hint of vanilla and rum. Didn’t have dark rum so used light. She was always entertaining and would frequently enlist my help in the kitchen once the kids were in bed. Absolutely fantastic recipe! This recipe absolutely hit the spot! it is so yummy. I made this cake for my hubbies birthday. Two, I left out the rum entirely. Thank you for sharing this quick, simple but delicious recipe. Thank you!!!! If not, I will just sprinkle the cake with Confectioners’ sugar. I will make this again ! Sorry! The rum gives it a great after taste. Lots of love from New Zealand . Do you think they would work in this recipe? Thank you Jenn. This French Apple Cake is wonderful and one I will make over and over. This is one of the moistest and delicious cakes I have ever made. So glad you all enjoyed it! This is one of my go-to recipes when we have a lot of apples. I love this recipe. This is the best cake recipe I’ve ever made! I guess it is because I used too many apples. Just made this cake, it was absolutely fabulous, so easy and delicious. Served with vanilla ice cream, delicious! Thank you. I wish I could post a photo as it turned out beautiful. Hope that helps! Can you freeze it? I made this for a Mother’s Day dessert. It’s the perfect dessert. My wife, who is more of a chocolate lover, agreed. Can you tell what season it is in NJ?! If you move it from “cup measures” to metric, you’ll see measurements that will work for you. I whipped up a little cream flavored with DiSaronno Amaretto to dollop on top of the slices, poured us each a cup of coffee and we were in paradise. This looks absolutely delicious; I’m making it today to bring to relatives! Grease a 9-inch springform … Thanks Denise for the share last spring. Thank you so much for another delicious recipe. I used a 9” square King Arthur purchased baking pan and it baked perfectly. Many thanks. I have made this cake so many times within the past month! I did increase baking powder and vanilla due to gluten free flour issues. The recipe begins by selecting your apple variety for this cake: choose apples well-suited for baking such as Fiji, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Jonagold or Braeburn. The cake is gorgeously tender and the flavour of the rum and butter is magic. Hope you enjoy the cake! Thank you for a great recipe! Using a handheld mixer with beaters or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. I think it tastes even better the next day. I found your recipe for French Apple cake in January, 2020. Everyone enjoyed it. Hi Katie, I probably wouldn’t add blueberries as they’re very tart when baked, which mean you’d need to add sugar to the recipe, which would throw things off a bit. This is a great recipe. Did you by chance make any substitutions? Because so much of the batter is apple I think you should consider the apples ..try a different mix. I wouldn’t suggest blueberries here as they can be tart when baked, which means you’d need to add sugar to the recipe, which would throw things off a bit. I will definitely make this again. This is absolutely wonderful…so moist and delicious! Unfortunately, I can’t have gluten or sugar but my husband assured me it was one of his favorite things I’ve ever made. Enjoy! Have made this twice – outstanding both times. Will try out using coconut oil on my next bake. Going to make it again with blueberries!!!! Oh my gosh, it turned out just like your pictures and tasted heavenly. It may just take a couple minutes longer in the oven so keep a close eye on it. Hi, can the butter be substituted with coconut oil? Such an amazing recipe! Please LMK how they turn out! I think rhubarb should work here but it may be a bit tart. Tossed my apple in lemon juice to keep the colour. Absolutely delicious ans moist. The sweetness is just perfect!! Laura. . My cooked cubed apples had cinnamon on them. You can replace the rum with apple juice or apple cider. What can I substitute for the 3 T of rum in the French apple cake recipe? So happy you enjoyed it, Ann — and glad you’re feeling well enough to bake! Made this last night and it was a hit with our 2 year old and DH. Thank you so much for this amazing, now family favorite, recepie. Hi Kodou, If you use solidified coconut oil, I think it should work. ). I threw some slivered almonds on top with the sugar for some crunch. Easy and delicious. Hope that helps! In addition I added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon for the aromatic smell/spice. Enjoy! In the UK apple cider is sparkling.. will that work? Big hit! Love it. Keep those recipes coming and thank you again for sharing. Everybody loves it. My only a suggestion would be to double the ingredients and make two cakes. While it varies by brand, most salted butter has approximately 1/4 tsp. I’ve made this cake twice using Honeycrisp apples, once with rum, once with cognac (like the rum version better). One bottle is equal to just about 6 tablespoons. 1:1 replacement? It was so delicious. I hope you’ll love this Classic French Apple Cake as much as I do! Hi AC, you can bake the cake and freeze it, but it would not work to freeze the batter before baking it. Just wondering if you’ve ever doubled it and what size pan you used. Thank you chef Jen for another wonderful recipe. Easy to make and the volume of batter is just right for the 9″ square brownie pan I used. I love this recipe and it is super moist. I made this cake and it turn out so delicious that I made it again the following week. We loved so much I even bought a 8″ springform this week to try. Probably the best apple cake I have ever made. Great recipe. Bermuda Gold rum was added: the first day it had too prominent a flavor; on the second day, it was more subtle when the cake was warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave. I do use bourbon instead of the rum. What would be the best flavor for the whipped cream topping please. I was iffy about the apple to batter ratio going in the oven, but once the oven did its magic everything was perfect. It is my “go to” dessert when I am invited for dinner—(you should never go empty handed! what is the size of the pan? We can’t go to the store right now for obvious reasons but I still want to make this cake. I tried this recipe and added about a half cup of chopped walnuts. Hi Dorene, I’d use only 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract; it’s very strong. This batter has become my staple recipe for any cake involving fruit! Hi Sheila, the majority of my recipes have conversions to weights/metric. Many thanks, Sandy. The cake was yummy but I discovered that I prefer rum in my drinks instead of my cakes. I also added a little more sugar to the topping. The only thing I have to say is, for my oven, 40 minutes bake time was too long. Next time I might add some coarse chopped walnuts or pecans. It came out looking just as beautiful as in the pictures. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hi Beth, I would wrap it tightly and refrigerate it, and then bring it to room temp before serving. I made this cake last night and it turned out amazing! All the things that I know should go nicely with this cake simply aren’t needed in my opinion. If possible I’d stick with stick margarine or even coconut oil if you don’t want to use butter. We are going to be making more with all that crimson crop we have and share with our neighbors … the girls love it !!! Making to take to event tomorrow. So I stopped and I took a mandolin and thinly sliced some apples and set them aside for a decorative topping. Hi Deb, I haven’t made a gluten-free version of this but a number of readers have commented that they have and have been happy with the results. I have shared this cake with all of my friends and family and everyone approves! The rum really adds depth of flavor. I have just one word for this cake: Exquisite!!!! Wow I tried this tonight and it was sooo delish! I’m sorry! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Can you leave out the rum? Made this cake for a bbq. Will definitely make again. So easy to make, and hard to keep around because it’s good as dessert, perhaps with vanilla ice cream, and as breakfast with coffee and pretty much any time. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and even the top. This recipe came super handy so the cooked apples didn’t go bad in my fridge. Great recipe! We had vanilla ice cream to go with this dessert and it was great. Hope that helps! This cake is amazing! Well, it was just as good as I had imagined it would, and now I have enough rum to make it…probably as long as I live. I. Or is there an alternative that can be used. I reduced the sugar to just over half a cup. I cooked for 35 minutes though all else was the same. I did increase the vanilla and I did add on top of the powdered sugar, a fair amount of cinnamon. If you move it from “cup measures” to metric, you’ll see measurements that will work for you. I’ve made something similar while camping in a Dutch oven. I’m not sure if the quality of rum had something to do with it, but I ended up using some Appleton Reserve Blend. . I tried making this and it was really bad tasting, it could have been me ♀️. This was the first time baking from scratch and I had so much fun! If I don’t have rum, what can I use in its place? I can’t wait to try this! I think your confused. Roshni. So glad you have enjoyed the recipes! I’m a Muslim and I don’t take alcohol so instead I replaced the rum with milk and it looks and tastes just perfect. Love this recipe. This was delicious! Yes, they should be peeled. I actually doubled the recipe and I substituted chopped apples with my homemade apple pie filling which I also had added chopped walnuts too. Hi Sharon! Outstanding cake. 80g of xylitol to replaced normal sugar and 3.5 apples i had in my pantry, granny smith x 1, royal gala x 2 and 1/2 pink lady. The batter will be thick and you will require a big spatula to spread it out in a spring-form pan. I couldn’t find a small enough bottle of dark rum (didn’t want a huge jug!) This apple rum cake was fabulous! The cake is usually finished the same evening . 1 cup of flour = 4.25 ounces. Made this to take to a friend whose mom passed away unexpectedly. This became a favorite in my home. We had just gone apple picking and I wanted a quick recipe that would use some of our yummy apples. Would brandy make a good substitute for the rum? Love your recipes and aesthetic website! i made it yesterday, it was absolutely amazingly delish! Thanks for a lovely recipe. bc my toothpick was clean. You can watch this video for more instructions. Serve it warm or cooled down, with a big dollop of crème fraiche on top in true French fashion. I doubled the recipe, with the exception of only using 1x cup of sugar. I don’t get to bake much, but somehow find time to EAT baked goods quite a lot! I was worried when I baked it for the first time, because it seemed like there wasn’t enough “cake,” but it bakes up so nice and fluffy. Thanks for this! So, is 3 1/2 to 4 cups of apple just too much? It added extra apple flavor to the cake. . Does the alcohol in the rum bake off? Made this cake for my husband’s birthday and it was a great success. It is delightful. Cake was super moist. of that! etc. Sure, Grace – It’s hard to say what the cook time would be. My husband who is not a big dessert person actually requests this cake. Also, you could try cutting them a bit smaller next time. It’s so lovely when your first endeavor looks just like the picture. Sure, assuming it is a deep dish pie plate, that will work. Making French cooking easy, approachable and cliché-free is my priority. Hi there. Hope you have. One of the best I’ve ever made. Delicious and so easy to make. Thanks for the gluten-sensitive info. This cake was absolutely delicious!! The plan was to enjoy the cakes in the morning since they were going to be ready late. Hope you enjoy! I also was a much lazier cook-I mixed the butters, sugar in a 4 cup measure with a fork until well combined, but by no means “fluffy”, then added the eggs before dumping the wet into the dry ingredients and apples. This was a fantastic cake, was gone in a flash. Secondly, re the Apple Cake which certainly was easy, I found it to be pleasant but nothing special. I made this for my family’s thanksgiving dessert. This recipe is so easy to make and I made this in a 8″ cake tin. I always have to put my twist on such recipes so I warmed my apples in a little butter and sugar in a skillet. I used Honey Crisp apples and it came out perfectly. NO LIE. Am making again for Easter. Hi Jenn, Would rum extract work? Thank you for this lovely easy to make recipe. Was a hit with the whole family, definitely a keeper. This cake is stunning, amazing, delicious, perfect. Hello. My wife loves it too! 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