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Apple Cinnamon Cake

This Apple Cinnamon Cake is a healthier version of an apple cake: made with olive oil, fresh apples and unrefined sugar, it's dairy free and full of goodness and deliciousness!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cake, dairy free cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 409kcal
Author Olga


Cinnamon Sugar Apples:

  • 2 large apples or 4 small ones (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar (such as turbinado)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Dry Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1.5 cup unrefined cane sugar (such as turbinado)
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup light vegetable oil (I used light olive oil)
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla

For Decoration:

  • powdered sugar (for decoration)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 3 bowls: 1 large for the cake batter and 2 medium ones: one for apples, the other for the wet ingredients.
  • Apple Mixture: Peel and slice 2 large apples, place them in the medium bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon and mix everything well. Set aside.
  • Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together. Set aside.
  • Wet Ingredients: Add eggs to the 3rd bowl and beat them with a fork until yolk and whites are combined. Add oil and orange juice; and mix everything well.
  • Cake Batter: Add wet ingredients into the large bowl with dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Cake Assembly Grease a 9 inch springform pan with olive oil. Add 1/2 the cake batter and spread it evenly across the pan. Add half of the apple mixture (make sure to add half the juices released by sugar and apples as well). Add the remaining batter on top of apples and top with the rest of the apples and any of the remaining liquid from the apple mixture.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. It will take an hour and a half because the batter is so thick and in order to keep the cake moist we need to keep the heat moderate - at 350 F. Going higher than that is risking the cake being too dry.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar once the cake has cooled off.


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 2.8% | Vitamin C: 9.5% | Calcium: 9.2% | Iron: 15.7%