If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert that’s always a crowd pleaser, this easy apple cake, or torta di mele, is it. You need just 6 ingredients to make it, and it’s easy to make ahead or freeze.
Line an 8 inch round cake pan with baking paper and lightly grease with butter or spray with oil.
Zest and juice the lemon and set the zest aside. Put the chopped apples in a small bowl and pour the lemon juice over them.
Combine the flour, sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl, then add the eggs, melted butter, cinnamon & pine nuts (if using) and 2/3 of the apples. Stir until just combined.
Tip the batter into the cake pan and smooth on top, then arrange the rest of the sliced apples on the top in a circle pattern (see photos in post and recipe video). Sprinkle over the rest of the pine nuts (if using).
Bake for about 1 hour, or until a skewer pushed into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Cool completely, then sprinkle with a bit of icing sugar before serving.
Number of apples to use: I vary the number of apples I use to make this cake. If they're small apples, I'll use 4. If they're big e.g. Granny Smith apples, I usually use just two and a half apples. If they're medium apples, about 3 is right! Just eye-ball it. You can't really go too wrong!If the cake starts to brown too much in the oven: If the apples start to brown a little too much, just cover the cake over with some aluminium foil for the last part of cooking. Freezing instructions: This cake freezes really well! If you’d like to freeze it, let cool completely then wrap in aluminium foil and/or a Ziploc bag before storing in the freezer.When you want to serve it, let it defrost for a couple of hours, then warm slightly in the oven (if you like) by popping it into the oven on the ‘keep warm’ (or really low) setting for about half an hour.