Apple Torte with Cranberries and Raisins


This beautiful autumn cake makes the house smell so divine while it bakes.
You may serve it for breakfast, afternoon tea or for holiday dinner.



  • 2 large Golden Delicious apples
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, I use cranberry extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Lightly butter a springform pan, then dust with flour, tapping out the excess. Peel the apples, halve and core them, and then slice thinly. Place in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Set aside.


In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and the sugar until creamy. Stir in the butter, milk and cranberry extract. Sift the flour into a separate bowl and stir in the baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Using a wooden spoon, gradually incorporate the egg mixture. Drain the raisins and add to the batter along with the pine nuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices in concentric circles over the surface. Sprinkle with sugar.


Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely, then release the pan sides and slide the cake onto a serving plate. Dust the top of the cake with sugar. Cut into wedges to serve.



Anonymous said...
November 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM  

Oooh, looks moist and delicious, and like I'd love it warm with ice cream! I admire all you dedicated bakers, I have no talent for producing baked goods (but I rock at consumption!). Wonderful dish.

Missy said...
November 1, 2011 at 3:56 PM  

I found this post to be so beautiful and delicious looking....I tweeted it! YUMM!

Dzoli said...
November 1, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

Haven't seen you for a while:)
And than you came with this fantastic cake.I love fruit in cakes;)

Grubarazzi said...
November 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM  

Everything about this is perfect. Yummmm.

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...
November 1, 2011 at 10:33 PM  

What a beautiful cake! It looks absolutely scrumptious and good enough to eat any time of the day.

Anonymous said...
November 2, 2011 at 12:25 AM  

Wow - that looks amazing and your pictures - as always - are stunning!

Anonymous said...
November 2, 2011 at 4:48 AM  

Something about the texture of this cake is SUPER appealing! Looks dense but soft and moist and a little fluffy all at the same time. Also I can never resist a recipe using melted rather than softened butter :)

The KitchenMaid said...
November 2, 2011 at 1:29 PM  

Hi Yelena, lovely to find your blog (via UKFBA) and this cake is simply gorgeous. Look forward to discovering more of your posts!

Mary said...
November 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM  

What a lovely cake. It looks moist and delicious and it is perfect for this time of year. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I love the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Janice said...
November 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

That looks delicious!

Amalia said...
November 2, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

You're right-this is the perfect cake for this time of year! It looks wonderful :)

Medeja said...
November 3, 2011 at 6:51 AM  

I like apple-cranberry or pear -cranberry combinations a lot! This torte looks perfect for teatime.

Yelena said...
November 3, 2011 at 9:14 AM  

Thank you everyone for such warm comments. This torte recipe is so easy to make and it is so delicious and moist. The torte was gone so fast.-) If you can find cranberry extract please use it, it brings a wonderful taste.

Happy Fall and Bon Appetit!

Miss Mish Mish said...
November 4, 2011 at 3:54 PM  

I have tried this recipe yesterday...and I love it! One of the best tasting apple cakes I've ever had and looking lovely as well. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe :) x Yasmin

Food for Hunters said...
November 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM  

Wow! Love love love your pictures. They're so vibrant. What kind of camera do you use?

Yelena said...
November 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM  

Thank you, Food for Hunters.
I use Canon 5D Mark II.
You can see my photos here or food photos here

Clement vanesha said...
December 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM  

lot more useful than ever befo

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