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Norwegian Apple Cake – Cookies and Cups


Norwegian apple cake is a classic apple cake made with simple ingredients! Loaded with tart and sweet apples, and cinnamon sugar, the buttery cake is perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning or a scoop of ice cream for dessert!

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Norwegian Apple Cake on a  cake stand

This recipe was developed in partnership with my friends at Imperial Sugar.

Norwegian Apple Cake (Eplekake)

This Norwegian Apple cake is an authentic, simple cake that is outstanding. Classics are classics for a reason! While I have never been to Norway, I have had versions of this cake throughout my life. This is a butter cake is filled with cinnamon sugar apples, which is perfect paired with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or plain! You can enjoy this apple cake for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as an afternoon snack, or even for dessert!! But I will say that while I am partial to enjoying this cake warm, it is one of those cakes that (in my opinion) is better the next day! 

As slice of apple cake on a spatula


For the full ingredient list and instructions CLICK HERE.

  • Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1/2- inch thick
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salted butter (I like salted specifically in this recipe, as you don’t add any additional salt and it adds flavor.)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large Eggs
  • Baking powder
  • Milk
  • All purpose flour

What Are the Best Types Of Apples For Baking?

There are so many apples to choose from when you get to the supermarket! They all look so beautiful, but know that all apples are not great for baking! I almost exclusively use Granny Smith apples when I bake this apple cake. These tart apples hold their structure while they bake, not turning to total mush, and are sweet so their flavor really pops! 

Apples To Avoid In Baking:

Certain apples are just too soft, or don’t have enough flavor to pack a punch in baking. Here is a list of apples that should be enjoyed fresh or turned into applesauce!

  • McIntosh
  • Macoun
  • Gala
  • Red Delicious

Apples That Are Great To Bake With:

These apples are firm, sweet, and a little tart. They hold their structure in baking and their flavor really comes through without getting too mushy!

  • Granny Smith
  • Pink Lady
  • Braeburn
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Honeycrisp

What Tools Do You Need?

This recipe is ultimately very simple, but a few kitchen tools will make the process extra easy!

  1. Apple Peeler
  2. Sharp Knife
  3. Springform Pan
  4. Stand Mixer
  5. Measuring Cups


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