Grandma Luigina's Apple Cake

Grandma Luigina's Apple Cake

People of my native Liguria are known for their extreme frugality and «Grandma Luigina» was no exception. Hence she developed a great number of recipes which are rich in taste but use only «poor» ingredients and very little fat. No butter is used in this cake aside from a very small amount to grease the baking dish.

6 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 40 min

Standing 1 h

270 calories per serving 
Cooking dish: 26 cm diameter


  butter, unsalted, to grease the baking dish    
5 apples, cut into wedges   900 g
3 tbsp lemon, juice and zest   1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar   110 g
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon   2 g
1 eggs size large    
1 1/4 cup white flour (all purpose)   150 g
2 tsp baking powder   5 g
1/3 cup milk, partly skimmed, 2%   85 mL
1/2 cup cream 15% [optional]   125 mL

Before you start

This recipe yields 6-8 servings.


  1. Preheat the oven to 205°C/400°F. Butter the baking dish.
  2. Peel and core the apples, then cut each into 8 wedges. Combine them with the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl, then set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg with the remaining sugar, then stir in the flour and baking powder. Add the lemon zest, milk, then mix well to obtain a homogeneous batter. Incorporate 2/3 of the apples into the mixture and transfer to the greased dish. Place the remaining apple wedges with their juice on top.
  4. Bake in the middle of the oven 40 min. Check with a toothpick or knife to see if it is cooked through. When the cake is done, let it cool down at least 1 h before serving.
  5. Sprinkle each serving portion with cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (200g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




5 g

7 %

Saturated 2.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

12 %


45 mg


90 mg

4 %


55 g

18 %


4 g

16 %


31 g


5 g

Vitamin A

6 %

Vitamin C

6 %


10 %


10 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: serving
Grain Products: serving
Milk and Alternatives: ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Low :
Source of :
Calcium, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin D
Good source of :
Folacin, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin B1

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This recipe is in the following categories: Fruits | Desserts | Halal | Kosher | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | Bake | Italian

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