French Apple Cake Loaf is a moist cake filled with fresh apples. It is perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or a snack.
First Published October 2012; September 2020
French Apple Cake Recipe Story
It's almost mid September, so that means apple season is here!
My family and I have always liked to go apple picking especially when my children were younger. I love the fall and getting luscious apples fresh from an orchard. There is no comparison to what is sold in the stores. I like to bake with them and this French Apple Cake Loaf is a favorite.
Fresh apples in the fall are crisp, juicy and delicious. when my son was younger, I could barely get him to eat much fruit but he chowed down on fresh apples. No caramel or peanut butter was needed although it tastes pretty good to dip them in some.
While we love fresh apples as a snack, they also proved to make a good moist loaf. I took a traditional French yogurt cake recipe but omitted the lemon and added some apples. I substituted half whole wheat flour. This made the cake breakfast worthy. If it has a few ingredients which are good for you, then it's perfect for breakfast.
Go get some fresh apples this fall and do some baking. After you make this cake loaf, there are some other great apple recipes listed below. And if you only have access to a grocery store, they are pretty darn good from there in the fall too.
How do I buy the best apples?
- Feel the apple and ensure that it's firm. A good apple won't have soft or bruised spots.
- Most apples will have some natural scuffs or markings, but any obvious rotting or bruising is a bad sign.
- Ensure that the apple has a filled-in color, which indicates maturity and great exposure to sunlight.
- Give your apple a sniff; good apples will have a pleasant aroma, some stronger than others.
What are the best apples for baking?
- Certain types of apples will hold up better and give you that perfect balance of sweet and tart, and not every apple that's good for eating is as good when you bake it.
- Granny Smith apples are some of the best for baking, as they keep their structure really well and provide a delicious balance of flavors.
- Some other good apple options for baking are Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Winesap, and Pink Lady.
Can I store leftovers of this French Apple Cake?
- If you have leftovers (not likely; this cake is delicious!) you can store them in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
- It's best to put this airtight container somewhere cool and dry.
- You can also store the container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you choose this option, set the cake out for about an hour before you eat it to allow it to return to room temperature.
- Vary your flour depending on taste. You could use all white flour, or all whole wheat flour for an even healthier version of this French Apple Cake. Try varying the ratios to see which balance of white and whole wheat works best for you.
- You could try making this recipe with other kinds of fruit, or even adding them in with the apples. Pears would be a good substitution/addition. Aim for fruits that won't get too mushy when baked.
- Some people like to add a frosting or glaze on their apple cake. Using just some powdered sugar and cream, it's easy to whip up a quick icing that will help satisfy your sweet tooth!
Other Fall Recipes
- Mushroom Chicken Thighs with Rosemary
- Smoky Sausage Vegetable Soup
- Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Delicata Squash Medley
- Homemade Tomato Soup from Spend with Pennies
- The Best Classic Chili from The Wholesome Dish
More Apple Recipes
- Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies
- Cinnamon Apple Crepes from The Weekend Gourmet
- Apple Crack (aka Swedish Apple Pie) from The Dutchbaker's Daughter
- Smoked Pork Chops with Maple Baked Apples from Recipe Girl
- Apple, Nut and Cheese Salad from Aggie's Kitchen
- Double Apple Breakfast Cake by Bran Appetit
- Rustic Cinnamon Apple Tart
- Apple Galette with Ricotta and Almonds
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French Apple Cake Loaf
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 3 eggs beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup Canola oil
- 1 ½ cups peeled chopped apples
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8 by 4 loaf pans.
- In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- In another medium sized bowl mix together the sugar, yogurt, eggs, vanilla and oil. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is very well blended.
- While still mixing, stir in the dry ingredients, then switch to a large rubber spatula and gently fold in the apples.
- Pour the batter into the pans and bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and cakes are golden.
- Cool on a wire rack and remove from pans before serving.