Get ready for the easiest apple cake recipe that uses ingredients and tools you already have in the house! This dairy-free apple cake recipe uses olive oil, adding a nuttiness that you will absolutely love. It is the perfect easy, weeknight dessert, and the leftovers are great for breakfast the next day!
Peel and core the apples. Cut all but one apple into 8 wedges each, and cut each wedge into thirds. Toss to coat in the lemon juice and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly oil a glass 9”x13” baking dish.
Mix the flour, baking powder, orange juice, ½ cup brown sugar, olive oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. If the consistency s too dry, add more orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time.
Roll our half of the dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper.
Transfer the rolled out dough to the prepared baking dish. Press so it covers the entire bottom of the dish. It is OK if it goes up the edges of the dish.
Top the dough with the apples, then sprinkle with ¼ cup of brown sugar and 1.5 tablespoon of flour.
Roll out the other half of the dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper.
Cover the apples with the rest of the dough.
Poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with ¼ cup of brown sugar.
Thinly slice the remaining apple and cover the top of the cake with the thin slices. You can arrange them in any design you choose.
Bake 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving.
Use cooking spray to evenly and lightly coat the glass baking dish with oil.
Remember to coat the apples in the lemon juice. The apples will oxidize and brown.
If you do not have parchment or wax paper to roll out the dough, use a silicone baking sheet or cling wrap. If you don’t, the dough will stick to whatever surface you are using and will not transfer well to the baking sheet.
Let the cake cool completely before serving so you can cleanly cut through the cake.
Which olive oil do you use for baking? I use organic extra virgin olive oil which is ideal for milder foods and everyday use. It pairs great with desserts because of this mild flavor. You still get the nuttiness of the oil, without it overpowering the cake. Reserve using unfiltered olive oil for cooking savory dishes.
If you decorated the top with sliced apples, check under the apples to make sure the dough has baked completely before removing it from the oven.