The best recipes come from our mom's and grandmas and this Lithuanian Apple Cake is one of those recipes. Try this moist tender cake, perfect for any occasion! And so easy!
I miss my mom. She recently passed away so I thought I would try and make a favorite recipe of hers to remind me of the wonderful moments that we shared in the kitchen.
When it comes to cooking or baking with apples, I immediately think of her. Mom made the best Apple Cake (o-buo-li-nis pea-rah-gus) ever!
Although there are many different twists and variations of this cake, I kept to using all the simple ingredients that she used.
I researched and experimented and several times fell short of the real deal. After 4 attempts (yes, I fess up, I baked 4 different cakes) I came pretty close with this one.
What Kind of Apples?
I used a variety of apples (Braeburn, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp) because I like the blend of sweet and tart.
Also, with different varieties the textures and flavors of the final cake are deeper and more complex. You can certainly use only one kind if that's what you have!
But if you're specifically shopping for this recipe, I suggest you pick up a couple different kinds.
In her memory, I am naming this Močiute's Lithuanian Apple Cake. Enjoy with your morning coffee or for dessert, warmed and topped with a scoop of ice cream.
So here goes mom, this one’s for you! How did I do?
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Lithuanian Apple Cake
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup butter, softened, 1 ½ sticks
- 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt or sour cream, not low fat
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 to 4 large apples, peeled and sliced into very thin slices
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- On medium speed, using electric mixer, blend eggs and sugar until fluffy, about 8 minutes.
- Add softened butter, yogurt and vanilla and mix well.
- Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in apple slices.
- Pour batter into buttered 8 x 8 glass baking dish. You can also use a 9" round cake pan.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, until brown and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
- Let cool, top with powdered sugar and cut into squares.
Hi Lori! I am glad you enjoyed the cake! Sometimes I have made the cake in a round springform pan and arranged the sliced apples around the top in a decorative manner. It makes for a nice presentation!
it came out great. l i did a layer of apples on the bottom then poured batter on .. i wish i would have taken a photo
Hi Gwen! We are so happy that we have a new friend! We hope you enjoy making many of our wonderful recipes. Please let us know when you do!
Thank you so much for this!! I am so glad my FB friend let me to your blog!
Hi Lori! Thank you for making the apple cake. So glad you liked the recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!
I think this may possibly be the best apple dessert I have ever made. Absolutely delicious and so moist, an perfectly balanced. Traditional but impressive. I am (happily) Lithuanian by marriage, by the way. Thanks for a great recipe!
Labas Victoria! So nice to hear from you! I have never met anyone with the last name JURGA! That is Gr8!! I really miss my mom's Lithuanian cooking. She never cooked or baked anything using a recipe so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this recipe (although slightly illegible). I hope you enjoy the cake! We would love to know how you liked it!
My mociutes was a wonderful cook! When she came to America from Kaunas she was a cook in a hospital in Boston, MA. Her kitchen always smelled amazing and her apple cake was one of my favorites. I can not wait to bake this. BTW...my maiden name is JURGA. 🙂
Hi Melissa! Hopefully you had a chance to make the apple cake. Let us know how it turned out! We hope to post some more Lithuanian dishes in the future!
My Grandmother came from Zasliai Lithuania but unfortunately she never made lithuanian dishes growing up. I have been wanting to learn all I can about the lithuanian culture, especially the food. I am looking forward to making this tonight! Will let you know how it goes.
Jurga, I am going to make this for holiday morning breakfast. Thank you!