Friday, December 14, 2012

Apple-Pie Cake (Martha Stewart)

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I want to bake with apples. Apple pie seems a bit trouble as need to prepare the pastry. Apple cake seems not much different with ordinary cake that I used to bake. How about apple pie cake? What is that? This is the first thing I asked myself after seeing this recipe in Martha Stewart apple recipes collection. Actually it is a sort of pie with buttery pastry bake in cake tin. In between pastry there are some apples slices. Do you think it looks like a piece of cake too :D Pie or cake doesn’t matter as long as it tastes good^^
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The pastry is easy to make. Just incorporate the butter with flour into breadcrumb and this will be the pie pastry! How hard could it be? I make this apple pie cake with half of the recipe into 7" round pan. Since green apples are used the filling it is a bit sour to my kids liking. They like the pastry and asking me to used red apples instead in future :D I enjoy this pie cake. For me everything goes well.  

I bake in the morning and serve in the afternoon. It is still crumbly and yummy. Do bake and serve. I would say it is best to serve on the same day.

Adapted and slightly modified from Martha Stewart
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
80g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

2 medium apples
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon corn flour

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Put in butter and rub until the mixture forms pea-size pieces.

2. Press 2/3 of the mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up the side (I used 7' round pan and seems not quite cover the side :P).

3. Peel apples, cut into thin slices and place in a bowl. Toss apple slices with remaining teaspoon cinnamon, corn flour and lemon juice. Put them in the prepared pan. Pressing down gently as you pack them in.

4. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.

5. Bake in pre-heated oven 180C for about 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and let the cake cool in the pan to set. Serve at room temperature.


  1. Hi Vivian, your apple pie cake looks delicious, a great alternative when I don't feel like making the pie crust. I agree with you, making pie crust can be quite dreading sometimes!

  2. Vivian, it looks good and yummy! Maybe if add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream when it is still slightly warm lagi aiyoyo!

  3. I love apple pies and am lazy to bake them too, but have been thinking lately of apple pies! Yours look so good and yummy, definitely a quick and delicious alternative to pie making! Great bake!

  4. Vivian that apple pie with crumble top must be heavenly yummy. You make me wan to bake some apple pies too...

  5. Very interesting, Vivian. I've never seen a pie-cake before quite like this, but it sounds delicious and I'm a big fan of apple pies and crisps, so I'm sure I'd enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Hi Vivian, wow! I am impressed with your apple cake. Looks sinfully delicious, the kind one puts a spoon in the mouth and forget mother's name. Followed by asking for another piece.
    Can see you have a black belt in baking... Outstanding!

    I have not eaten this years too.
    Have a nice weekend, and keep a song in your heart.

  7. I love apple pie. Thanks so much for posting an apple pie cake recipe. I'll definitely have to try it. It looks delicious!

  8. You can hardly see me making pie or tart, because I am lazy to make pastry, hehehe ..This apple cake sound so yummy..

  9. Hi Viv,

    Like you, I like eating apple pie too but making everything from scratch is sometimes too tiring and long to fix instant cravings. This recipe seems great!


  10. I was deciding between this recipe and the apple crumble pie, both look equally delicious with the crumble toppings:D This one looks just as delicious as the pie version!

  11. This sounds really simple and I love that it has apples and cinnamon.

  12. this is a great idea of enjoying apple pie without having to prepare the too.many times i'm also very lazy to prepare the pie crusts..and the crumbs mixture looks great!

  13. Merry Christmas, Vivian!

    The apple pie looks delicious!

  14. thanks for share.


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