This beautiful and moist cinnamon apple cake is a real dream. It tastes like one of these cakes your grandma would bake and whose smell fills the entire kitchen. When we were baking this cake it brought us right back into grandma’s kitchen, impatiently sitting on a chair until we can finally take a bite of this apple cake.

It isn’t a difficult recipe, in fact it is actually quite simple but the taste just blows your mind. The cinnamon and sugar on top are just this little extra step that turns a good recipe into a real great one.

Whether it is a birthday, christmas, a coffee date on a Sunday afternoon or maybe just for yourself. Give it a try and you will know what we are talking about.

Things to know before you start

Time Schedule

Steps Work time Waiting time
Prepare apples ~30 minutes
Grease baking pan ~5 minutes
Mix – Dough ~15 minutes
Bake & Glaze ~10 minutes 55 minutes
Cool 30 minutes

In under 2,5 hours you will be welcomed by the smell of a moist cinnamon apple cake like your grandma would have baked.

Total ingredients

Weight Ingredient
330 g All-purpose flour
165 g White sugar
190 g Butter
4x Eggs
10 g Baking powder
1.750 g Apples (before peeling and cutting)
1 g Cinnamon
~10-20 g Sugar cinnamon mixture

You will have a big apple cake of about 2.500 g. We used semi sweet red juicy apples.

Tip: The ratio for a good cinnamon sugar mixture is 1:10 cinnamon to sugar. For example simply mix 5 g of cinnamon with 50 g of white sugar. You can keep the rest for later for pancakes or other desserts.


You will be able to bake an apple cake just like your grandma did, even though the recipe is very simple.

Baking tools

In order to get the best size for this kind of apple cake you will need a 26 cm springform pan. Besides that having a simple hand mixer, two bowls and a peeler should be enough. Also a brush can come in handy for the glazing part.

Besides that you can have a look at our should have baking tools for more helpers in your kitchen.


Grandmas Moist Cinnamon Apple Cake Apples In A Bowl

1. Prepare Apples

Weight Ingredient
1.750 g Apples (before peeling and cutting)
  • Peel all apples
  • Then divide them into eights and then each eigth into half
  • Afterwards put them aside until the dough is finished

2. Grease Baking Pan

  • Grease a baking pan with butter on bottom and all sides

3. Mix – Dough

Weight Ingredient
165 g White sugar
4x Eggs
165 g Butter (softened)
330 g All-purpose flour
10 g Baking powder
1 g Cinnamon
1.750 g Apples
  • Mix all of the mentioned ingredients together with a hand mixer
  • Start with the sugar, eggs and softened butter until creamy
  • Sift in the all-purpose flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a second bowl and mix them together
  • Afterwards add it step by step while mixing further to the sugar, eggs and butter mixture
  • Then add the previously cut apples and carefully fold them in
  • Pour the whole mixture in the greased baking pan and spread it evenly
  • Tip: If you take your butter directly out of the fridge, you can cut the butter in smaller chunks into a bowl and melt in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften it

4. Bake & Glaze

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (392°F) for ~30 minutes with the upper and lower heat function
  • Put the baking pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 55 minutes
  • After 25-30 minutes check how dark your cake already got and if it is too dark, just place some aluminium foil on top
  • When the cake is 45 minutes in it is time for the glaze
Weight Ingredient
25 g Butter (melted)
~10-20 g Sugar cinnamon mixture
  • Open the oven, pour the melted butter all over the cake and sprinkle with a sugar cinnamon mixture as you please
  • Close the oven again and let the cake bake for 10 more minutes (if you did put aluminium foil on top of it before, don’t use it anymore)
  • After baking take your finished moist cinnamon apple cake out immediately, but keep it in the baking pan

5. Cool

  • Let the apple cake cool for about 30 minutes before you remove the outer ring



The combination of juicy apples covered with fluffy and sweet dough is just heavenly.

Due to the fact that you don’t only cover the dough with apples but mix apples and dough before placing it in a baking pan makes sure that everything is well combined, covered and nicely moist.

The sugar and cinnamon on top of the cake provide it with a nice thin and sweet crust which adds a little bit of crunchiness to the cake.