French Apple Cake

Beautiful & delicious, this french apple cake is made with chunks of sweet apples nestled in a tender, buttery rum cake.

French Apple Cake

INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  5. 2/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling over cake
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 3 tablespoons dark rum
  9. 2 baking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I like Honeycrisp, Fuji or Granny Smith)
  10. Confectioners' sugar (optional), for decorating cake

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform or regular cake pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. If using a regular cake pan, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease again.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • 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. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and rum. Don't worry if the batter looks grainy at this point; that's okay. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped apples.