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Lisa’s Sunday Dinner Apple Cake

Apple Cake

This rustic apple cake is enjoyed throughout Italy, with each region having its own twist. If you like, you can add chopped walnuts or sliced almonds to the batter. Moist and delicious, it is best enjoyed topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or gelato. Try this to add an Italian facet to your Thanksgiving dinner, and substitute it for your traditional American apple pie!

Watch Lisa make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel.

Lisa’s Sunday Dinner Apple Cake Ingredients:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter for greasing the pan

¼ cup plain breadcrumbs

2 apples

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

2 large eggs, separated

½ cup milk

1 package instant yeast

Lisa’s Sunday Dinner Apple Cake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 inch baking dish. Dust evenly with the breadcrumbs and tap out any excess.

Core, peel, and thinly slice the apples. Arrange the apple slices in a decorative manner in the prepared baking dish.

Apple Cake

In a large bowl, place the flour, sugar, egg yolks, milk and yeast and stir gently to combine.

Apple Cake

In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until glossy peaks form. Gently fold them into the cake batter and pour the batter over the apples. Bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the cake to a rack and let it cool for 20 minutes. Invert a plate onto the baking dish and flip the cake onto the plate so the sliced apples are on top.

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Left: Apple Cake before flipping; Right: Apple Cake after flipping



  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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