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Shut-Down Apple Comfort Cake

March 30, 2020

Target Healthy Eating

With few ingredients, since we're all shut-in these days, here is a delicious apple cake that you won't regret making and savoring. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Follow my easy directions and you will have a winner each time. I've made this many times, and it never disappoints. That's what you need these days, a special but simple food that delivers delicious flavor to your taste buds. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Added pleasure, it fills your kitchen with the aroma of warm cinnamon and apples. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
This moist apple cake is good cold, however, it's ten times better always warm or warmed up. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1 and 1/2 cups sugar

4 Tablespoons cold butter

1 and 1/2 cups flour (I've used chickpea flour, almond flour, rice flour, reg flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

Wet ingredients

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup milk

Filling Ingredients

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 Granny Smith (green) apples


Cool whip for serving, or whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Chopped nuts (optional)


  1. With some extra butter, grease very well, a baking dish (8“ x 8“ x 3“) or pie dish.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  3. Cube the cold butter. Peel & core apples, cut into quarters, then slice very thin. Measure out fresh lemon juice. Set out all ingredients, so you're well organized

First dry ingredients:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour, baking powder.
  2. Cut cold butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture. With your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until it's completely disbursed and the flour mixture takes on a grainy texture. Set aside

Wet ingredients:

  1. Use a small size whisk, if you have it. Into another medium bowl add the two eggs and beat well for 5 minutes. You won't want to beat them this long, but please do, until the eggs are very frothy. Only when the eggs are this frothy, will they lend a special light quality to this delicious cake.
  2. Next add vanilla and beat some more.
  3. Add the milk slowly, while beating. Add the milk in three stages, while beating the whole time. Set aside

Filling ingredients

  1. Into a third bowl, add the fresh lemon juice. Add ? the sliced apples and mix the lemon juice onto the apple slices. Add the rest of the sliced apples and again, mix the lemon juice onto all the apple slices. Take the time to cover all apple with lemon juice.
  2. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the apples and mix it in well.
  3. Sprinkle the sugar over the apples and mix it in well. Now mix for 5 minutes until each slice has a brownish color.

Careful Arranging

  1. Take the bowl with flour and visually divide the contents into thirds. Take a knife and actually, mark the flour so that a line, divides 1/3 of the flour from 2/3. Take a Tablespoon and slowly spoon out the 1/3 of flour and sprinkle it over the bottom of your buttered baking dish. Try to sprinkle the flour evenly. Now take a fork and smooth over the bottom layer of flour so that it's very evenly distributed, but don't press down on the fork. You do NOT want to lose air. Like step of whisking the frothy eggs, you want all ingredients to be light and airy.
  2. With care, add the apple slices over the first layer of flour. Overlap the apples. Try to get three rows of overlapped apple slices. Figure about 15 slices in each row. At the end, if you have extra apple slices, simply squeeze them into a space that looks slightly open.
  3. Return to the flour bowl and carefully add the rest of the flour, over the rows of apple slices. Try to distribute the flour evenly WITHOUT PRESSING down on the flour. When you've finished, give your baking dish a shake, just to get all the flour as even as possible.
  4. Take your bowl of wet ingredients and give it a couple of beats. Slowly, add all of the contents of this bowl, over the last layer of flour. Do NOT try to help the liquid go between the apples. After adding the last drop of liquid, as evenly as you can, simply let the baking dish sit for a minimum of 10 minutes, on your kitchen counter, so that the liquid finds its own way down and around the other ingredients.
  5. Finally, put the Apple Cake into the oven and bake for 55 minutes. Your oven may not be like mine, so after cake has baked for 45 minutes, keep you eye on the cake so that it never gets darker than a glorious golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool slightly for 10 minutes, then serve as is, or add whipped cream, cool whip or vanilla ice cream.


Clean, core, and peel the apples. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Don't worry about any brown spots, by the time you take the apple cake out of the oven, they'll never show. And, you won't want to stop eating this wonderful cake. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Squeezing fresh lemon juice. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Apples have been covered with the fresh lemon juice. Now, apples will be completely covered with the cinnamon and sugar. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
After whisking for five minutes, the eggs look frothy, like this. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Frothy eggs being whisked with the vanilla extract. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here's the bowl of dry ingredients, and now butter is added. Got a little lazy in this step and didn't make smaller cubes of butter, the way I usually do. Smaller cubes make it easier to combine the butter with the flour mixture, and in less time. Cake turned out just fine, though. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Adding first layer of flour to well buttered pie dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Sliced apples laid over first layer of flour. Now, adding the rest of the flour, over the sliced apples. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Wet ingredients added last. Now, will set aside for at least 10 minutes, before putting in oven to bake. You CANNOT skip the 10 minutes rest that this cake takes, to slowly allow the wet ingredients to merge with the rest of the cake. Do NOT speed up this step. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Just out of the oven. Smells wonderful. Let it cool a little, then serve while still warm. This cake is good cold, but it's beyond delicious, served warm. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here's an earlier attempt, just as delicious each time it's baked. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
We're all missing the beautiful Springtime. Well, we're all in this planet pandemic together and we wish everyone good luck and good health wherever you are. Stay strong and stay in touch.
We'll be happy to print any anecdote and/or photo, you care to share, with our over 6500 subscribers around the world. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Saturday night we found an icy bottle of Baileys way in the back of our fridge. What a welcome find! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

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