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Easy Sponge Apple Cake

Sliced apple sponge cake on a dessert plate.
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This easy and quick apple sponge cake has just the right amount of sweetness, soft and fluffy texture, and unbelievable flavors. Nothing is more satisfying than a cheap, easy, and tasty apple cake.



For the cake batter:

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (125 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoon (105 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 large apple

For greasing pan:

  • 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter 

For decoration:

  • 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar

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  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C). Using an egg separator, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Sift the flour with baking powder and set aside.

  2. Butter an 8-inch (20 cm) round cake pan and line it with parchment paper (you can also use a Le Creuset springform pan of the same diameter).

  3. To make the cake batter, place egg whites with a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar in three batches and beat until stiff and glossy.

  4. Reduce the speed of the hand mixer and mix the yolks, oil, and sifted dry ingredients into the mixture. Mix to combine the ingredients; avoid overmixing the cake mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  5. With a vegetable peeler and an apple corer, peel, core, and slice the apple into 1/2 inch/1 1/2 cm slices. Put apple slices on top of the batter, slightly pressing them.

  6. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

  7. Take the cake out of the oven and rest it in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the mold, unpeel the parchment paper from the sides, and let it cool on a wire rack.

  8.  Once cooled, transfer it to a serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 


  1. It is a personal preference to peel apples or to leave them unpeeled.
  2. Use chopped apples to arrange them as a top layer of the cake if desired.





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