Norwegian apple cake (eplekake)

Norwegian apple cake (eplekake)

Growing up, my family had two large apple trees in our garden, and autumn always meant homemade apple cake. This Norwegian apple cake recipe is as authentic as it gets. Although I had to borrow this recipe to get the right measurements, the method, flavor and ingredients are just like I remember them from my childhood. Apple cake is such a classic, traditional cake in Norway. However, it’s usually only made in autumn when apples are in season. This cake is definitely best when made with apples you handpicked from your back yard, but if that’s not an option, Granny Smiths will do.

What do you need to make Norwegian apple cake?

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking powder

You’ll also need a 22 cm springform pan, a baking sheet, and an oven. All in all, it takes about 1 1/2 hours from the minute you start until you’re ready to serve this delicious, warm, soft Norwegian apple cake.

Eplekake recipeIn Norway it’s customary to always offer your guests coffee and baked goods. In fact, not offering cake or biscuits is considered rude and thoughtless, and a sign that your guests are not welcome. Therefore you need to make sure to always keep treats around just in case someone pops by. That’s where this cake comes into play. This apple cake freezes really well, and defrosts in the oven in less than half an hour. Perfect when you’re in desperate need of homemade cake. To freeze, simply wrap it up in plastic wrap, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How can you make a healthy cake?

Most cakes are based on sugar, white flour, eggs, and butter. There are some great options out there for cakes made with sweeteners, honey or fruit instead of sugar, with nuts instead of flour, and without any butter. Frosting is usually made by combining sugar and butter, so cakes without frosting are typically healthier options. As I don’t eat cake very often, I don’t mind the sugar and butter, I just have my slice, feel satisfied, and leave it at that. As this cake is close to my heart, I try to stick to the traditional ingredients, but if you try to make a healthier version of it, let me know how it goes!

Norwegian apple cake (Eplekake)

Authentic Norwegian apple cake (Eplekake) made the traditional way. Delicious dessert that's perfect for autumn.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
5 from 10 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Norwegian
Keyword: apples
Servings: 8
Calories: 459kcal
Cost: Cheap


Apple filling

  • 4 apples
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

Cake batter

  • 200 g butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 170 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • Heat the oven to 180Β°C
  • Peel the apples and remove the cores. Cut them into thin wedges. Place in a bowl or plastic bag, and coat with 3 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp cinnamon. Stir or shake to coat the apples evenly.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar with an electric whisk until creamy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, and whisk in between.
  • Through a sieve, add the flour and baking powder to the batter.
  • Carefully use a spatula or spoon to mix the flour with the wet ingredients. Careful not to overmix.
  • Using a 22 cm springform tin, add a baking sheet to the bottom, and grease the sides of the tin.
  • Add half the batter to the tin, and place the apple wedges with the thin sides down in circles to completely cover the bottom of the tin.
  • Add the second half of the batter over the apples, and repeat with the remaining apples.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 min to 1 hour. To check if the cake is done, insert a metal skewer to the middle and see if it comes out clean. If there is not batter on the skewer, the cake is ready to come out.
  • Leave the cake to rest for at least 10 minutes, and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or custard.
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  • Claire Cary
    Posted at 20:38h, 27 August Reply

    5 stars
    I am SO ready for apple season and this looks amazing!!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:11h, 28 August Reply

      I’m with you!

  • Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    Posted at 20:48h, 27 August Reply

    5 stars
    This cake looks so perfect for fall and I love that it doesn’t take long to prep. bookmarking to make this weekend!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:11h, 28 August Reply

      It definitely tastes like autumn!

  • Jordin
    Posted at 21:18h, 27 August Reply

    5 stars
    Mmm, this sounds amazing! So flavorful, im drooling already

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:12h, 28 August Reply

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Hope you like it!

  • Jess
    Posted at 21:25h, 27 August Reply

    5 stars
    Norwegian apple pastries are the best, aren’t they? This looks and sounds delicious. I haven’t tried this but now I need to!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:12h, 28 August Reply

      They pretty much are. We know our apples! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  • EdΓ©n | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    Posted at 21:30h, 27 August Reply

    In the southern US, it’s rude to not have tea and baked good available for guests, too! It’s funny how these customs connect across the world!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:12h, 28 August Reply

      Oh wow, I had no idea! That’s so cool πŸ™‚

  • Sula
    Posted at 12:15h, 31 August Reply

    5 stars
    This looks fantastic! Pinning for later .

    • Tonje
      Posted at 12:35h, 31 August Reply

      I’m so happy you like it! We love this recipe, especially when apples are in season πŸ™‚

  • Brian Jones
    Posted at 07:13h, 24 October Reply

    5 stars
    What a delicious cake, simple to make and comes out perfect first time, loved it!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:28h, 24 October Reply

      I’m so happy you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  • Veena Azmanov
    Posted at 08:51h, 24 October Reply

    5 stars
    Delicious, unique and perfect. Looks awesome and surely yum too.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:28h, 24 October Reply

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Tisha
    Posted at 10:39h, 24 October Reply

    5 stars
    Such a delicious easy recipe for a perfect fall dessert! Apples are perfect for fall!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:28h, 24 October Reply

      They definitely are, get them while in season πŸ™‚

  • Danielle Wolter
    Posted at 10:42h, 24 October Reply

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I love that it’s apple season – perfect time for this cake!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:28h, 24 October Reply

      Yes! This is definitely best with fresh, seasonal apples πŸ™‚

  • Mahy
    Posted at 10:46h, 24 October Reply

    5 stars
    Childhood recipes are always the best beccause they have this very special ingredient that no other recipes have. It’s called “memories”. Can’t wait to try this cake and see if I can relate to it, too!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:27h, 24 October Reply

      I absolutely agree! Hope you like it πŸ™‚

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