Friday, January 20, 2023

Apple and Calvados Cake from Normandy #CakeSliceBakers

This delicious cake is more of a coffee cake with chunks of apples in a tender crumb flavored with Calvados covered with a crisp outer layer.

Normandy Apple Cake

It's time for the first Cake Slice Bakers of 2023.......

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes by Aleksandra Crapanzano. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes - and our choices for January 2023 were ~

Apple and Calvados Cake from Normandy

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

Flourless Chocolate and Red Wine Cake

Normandy Apple Cake

I thought I was going to miss out on this first bake of the year as I was involved in a serious accident the day after Thanksgiving.  I also thought I was going to miss out on the holidays but God is good and I was released from the hospital on December 21st.  

I was still using a walker and my arm was still in a cast so most of the holiday prep and cooking was handled by my husband.  Before I knew it, I was able to walk on my own and on January 4th the cast was removed from my arm.

On January 6th we were invited to Frank's sister's house for Little Christmas, the end of our holiday season.  I was not only well enough to attend but I felt good enough to make this easy peasy cake so that I could join in the fun this month.

The original recipe calls for walnuts, however I omitted them as one of our family members has a nut allergy.  This cake was still delicious and a huge hit.

As you read this post I am well enough to be vacationing in Hawaii.  I was able to navigate the airports and the flights without a walker or cane.  I still get tired easily but am gaining strength each and every day.  I think 2023 is going to be a good year!!!

Desserts, Breakfast, Brunch, Cakes, Apples,
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Apple and Calvados Cake from Normandy

Apple and Calvados Cake from Normandy

This delicious cake is more of a coffee cake with chunks of apples in a tender crumb flavored with Calvados covered with a crisp outer layer.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 1 H & 45 M


  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/4 c. Calvados
  • 3 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 t. ground cloves
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced


  1. In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs and sugar. Turn mixer to low and add the oil in a thin stream until incorporated. Stir in the Calvados.
  2. Turn off mixer, add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Turn the mixer to low and whisk until incorporated.
  3. Fold in the apples and spread the batter into a 9" Springform pan that has been treated with baking spray.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 75-90 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center removes cleanly.


Adapted from a recipe found in Gateau by Aleksandra Crapanzano

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  1. I'm so glad you healed well! Your cake looks delicious.

  2. I'm so blown away that you were able to fly to Hawaii!! The perfect antidote. This cake looks gorgeous.

  3. Great that you're healing. This cake looks delicious!


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