Polish Apple Cake Recipe

Polish apple cake
Polish apple cake. Alina Zienowicz Ala z / Wikimedia Commons / PD-self
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Polish apple cake—placek z jabłka (plaht-SEK zhe YAH-boo-kah)—and Polish cheesecake—sernik (SEHR-nik)—are two of the most frequently seen desserts at Polish tables. There are hundreds of recipes for both. This is a traditional apple cake beloved by many.

The Polish version of apple pie is known as szarlotka. But this is truly a cake—placek z jablka literally means "flat cake with apples." Try plums, peaches or nectarines in this recipe to good effect.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/3 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar (divided use)
  • 4 ounces butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 tablespoons butter (cold, cut into pieces)

How to Make It

  1. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup sugar. Add 4 ounces softened butter, milk, and eggs. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes.
  3. Pour half the batter into prepared pan, then layer on half the apples. Spoon all but 1/2 cup of the remaining batter over the apples, covering completely.
  4. Place the remaining apples on top and dot the reserved 1/2 cup batter over the apples.
  1. Cut remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cloves into 3 tablespoons cold butter and sprinkle over the unbaked cake.
  2. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.
  3. Let the cake cool in the pan so the apple juices will be reabsorbed to create a moist cake.
  4. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired, and cut into 12 squares.