Norwegian Apple Cake {Recipe}

If you’ve been following my blog you’d know that earlier this week I celebrated Norway’s Constitution Day – hip hip hurrah! 
The Norwegian Kitchen is a collection of traditional and new recipes from each region of Norway, presented by the Association of Norwegian Chefs. 

Choosing just one cake recipe was hard but I decided to recreate a popular cake from my own childhood – apple cake.

When I made the cake I thought three apples was a bit excessive and only used two. Once baked I regretted my decision – whilst still di-licious, the extra apple in the centre of the cake as well as on top would have provided a greater apple flavour and a moister cake. Definitely use two green cooking apples – in Australia we would use Granny Smiths.

I made the cake the day of our afternoon tea so it was still slightly warm when served. The leftover cake was popped into an airtight container and consumed over a week. Kept in the fridge it stays quite fresh. To bring out the aromas, gently reheat a cake slice in the microwave on 50% power.

My mum tells me that her recipe has cream in it. I’m still trying to pin her down to translate her recipes but she’s promised to do it when she gets back from her Norwegian holiday.

RECIPE: Norwegian Apple Cake
The Norwegian Kitchen
200g (7 oz, scant 1 cup) unsalted butter
2 ¼ dl (1 cup) sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp baking powder
3dl (1 ¼ cup) flour
3 apples
2 tsp sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Pearl (coffee) sugar

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Grease and line a 24cm (10inch) spring-form cake tin.
  • Beat butter and sugar together til light and fluffy and sugar has dissolved (this will take a few minutes).
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine baking powder and flour and sift over the batter. Fold through batter until just mixed through.
  • Pour half the batter into lined pan.
  • Peel and core two of the apples and slice thinly and arrange over the batter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Cover apples with remaining batter.
  • Peel, core and slice the last apple. Arrange the slices over the batter in a decorative pattern. Sprinkle top of apples with pearl sugar.
  • Bake on the lowest oven shelf for approximately 50 minutes.
  • Serve the cake still warm with thick pouring cream and Norway’s national drink – coffee.

 Have a di-licious day!


I really like Nordic food and have made some Norwegian pancakes and they remain the household's favourite pancakes. I should give this cake a try as it looks lovely and moist and I have some apples in the fridge too!
Beautiful cake. : )
Very pretty cake! I'm glad it turned out well, even if wasn't as apple-y as it could have been. I didn't realize apple cake was a natively Norwegian dessert!
Tiffany said…
That cake looks moist and delicious! And the apples TOTALLY make it healthy! :D
Ruth said…
This looks fab! Hooray for Scandinavian recipes!
Eftychia said…
This apple pie sounds delicious. From now on I am one of your followers!
briarrose said…
Such a pretty cake. I love the design the apples make across the top.
This is so beautiful, you did a great job!
Lovely cake - looks pretty and sounds delicious!

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