Wholegrain Spelt Apple and Marzipan Cake

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A classic German apple cake with marzipan. The marzipan paste, made of sugar and almond, is used in the cake batter to enrich the flavour and texture. If you are an almond lover, feel free to use more marzipan instead of sugar, and adjust accordingly flour quantity. The batter should look like a smooth and thick paste.
I do still use my favourite wholegrain spelt flour, but you can use wheat flour (wholegrain or not) instead if you want. Allergic reaction to eggs? No problem, use 1 cup of applesauce instead of 3 eggs.
After baking, a glaze could be created to brush the apples by warming 2 tablespoons of water and 3 tablespoons of apricot jam together. I chose to leave it. It’s rich and sweet enough for me.

  • 2-3 Sour apples
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 100 g Marzipan, grated
  • 150 g Butter, softened
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 180 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1/2 tbsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Almond slices
  1. Peel apples, cut into quarters lengthwise, and remove cores. Slice deep lines along the length of the apple quarters and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Line a 30x12x9-cm loaf pan with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
  2. Roughly grate the marzipan. Place them in a mixing bowl together with butter, sugar, almond extract and salt. Beat until creamy. Add in eggs, one at time, beat until well combined.
  3. Whisk together the wholegrain spelt flour and baking powder. Sift the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir until just incorporated. Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Arrange the apple quarters over the top, cut side up, pressing lightly into the batter. Bake for about 30 minutes. Cool the cake on a wire rack to room temperature. Dust the surface with powdered sugar if desired.

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Janine 11/1/12 13:45

oh i love the suggestion that applesauce can be used to replace the eggs - i imagine it must taste so much more "apple-y"!

Anne Regalado 11/1/12 13:49

Ohhhh That looks really great ! I love the sliced apples on top ;)

delphcotecuisine 11/1/12 13:50

I love it, it looks very very yummy

Asian-spice mix 11/1/12 13:51

Wow,,,Look so delicious moist and these apples looks so good on the cake,welldone :)

Happy Cook / Finla 11/1/12 13:55

I make my bread (well the daily ones) with spelt, the apple cake looks super super delicious.

Belinda @zomppa 11/1/12 14:06

What a great use of spelt and a most beautiful loaf!

Munatycooking 11/1/12 14:42

OMG! This is really gorgeous. I love baking cakes and I'm going to try this tomorrow, a pleasant surprise for my family. Thanks for sharing ;)

Pegasuslegend 11/1/12 15:15

A gorgeous creation I bet it taste even better than it looks!

Dajana 11/1/12 15:16

I love these rustic looking apple cakes, so comforting with a cup of tea on a cold afternoon.

Katerina 11/1/12 15:35

What beautiful and aromatic ingredients all gathered in this tasty apple cake!

PolaM 11/1/12 15:39

What a great and healthy looking cake!

Rosita Vargas 11/1/12 15:43

Una gran creación me encanta,luce perfecta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Nava.K 11/1/12 15:57

Anything made with apples I will drool and its just that weakness I have for this fruit. Lovely cake with the almonds, all the more the marzipan makes it better.

Lora 11/1/12 16:11

What a beautiful, homey, delicious, healthy. Cake. Great recipe!

Pacheco Patty 11/1/12 16:11

Very pretty Angie! The apples and almonds look so good on top of your bread and of course, I love the spelt flour!

Fimère 11/1/12 16:46

un vrai régal pour les yeux et pour les papilles bravo
bonne journée

Kumi 11/1/12 16:52

So fit for the chilly weather... Makes me want to go make a steaming cup of black tea!

Kristen 11/1/12 16:58

That is a beautiful loaf. I'd like a slice for a snack right now!!

Robyn 11/1/12 17:29

That apple cake sounds amazing! I don't believe I've ever made anything with Marzipan, and now I think I'm missing out!

Sharmilee! :) 11/1/12 17:43

Wow looks totally delicious and beautiful clicks

lena 11/1/12 17:50

beautiful! cant help admiring those apple slices on the top!

Aarthi 11/1/12 17:52

YUMMO..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering..I have bookmarked it..


Priya 11/1/12 18:07

Wat a great looking super tempting cake.

Gina 11/1/12 18:45

You are not helping my diet, because I'd love this cake, lol! Yum marzipan and that swirled chocolate bread, you need to quit tempting me, he he. Hope you have a great week Miss Angie dear.

Heidi @ Food Doodles 11/1/12 18:55

Oooh, so pretty! I love the apples on top. And of course, I love using spelt flour :D

Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com 11/1/12 19:47

I have never used Spelt flour but I am definitely intrigued with it. The marzipan in the batter sounds absolutely decadent, yet, like most great European cakes it is not teeth curlingly sweet.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 11/1/12 19:56

A splendid cake! That flavor combo is just heavenly.



nancy at good food matters 11/1/12 21:00

Fabulous looking loaf--the big sour apple pieces really make it exceptional.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 11/1/12 21:12

Oh my that cake is so beautiful! You have a wonderful gift ... up make that gifts! Baking, photography, writing - you got it all girl! I love almond extract and bet this combination is yum.

Katherine Martinelli 11/1/12 22:12

What a beautiful cake! I love the sound of marzipan inside.

Michael Toa 11/1/12 22:52

What a beautiful looking cake! I have a feeling I'll be baking more apple cakes soon :) I adore the almondy taste of marzipan. Yum.

S.V. 11/1/12 22:55

This sounds delicious. I lived in Germany for awhile when I was young and can totally remember having cakes similar to this. I love marzipan. Such a pretty cake!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 11/1/12 22:59

What a fantastic cake. The top alone looks amazing. Wish I had a nice slice of it.

OohLookBel 11/1/12 23:14

The arrangement of apples on the cake looks lovely. And the cake is so moist; love the suggestion of using apple sauce instead of eggs, too.

Claudia 11/1/12 23:25

Wow - I can make this vegan! I am on a vegan-frenzy for a dinner party for a vegan friend. Luscious!

Anh 11/1/12 23:35

a beautiful cake! I love the apple slices on top.

Crunchy Creamy Sweet 12/1/12 00:03

This is beautiful, Angie! I will make this for sure!

Tanantha 12/1/12 00:51

So pretty! This makes me drool at this moment. A big chunk of apple really makes the came appetizing!

Faith 12/1/12 00:56

This cake is gorgeous! So healthy and I love the flavors of apple and marzipan in it!

Miriam 12/1/12 02:21

Goodness that looks amazing! I like to put apple with spelt too :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Reeni 12/1/12 03:28

The apples look gorgeous on top and with marzipan inside I'm in heaven! Add a cup of tea and I am all set!

Anonymous 12/1/12 06:04

Delicious! Honey bunny is a fan of whole wheat flour, so he'd LOVE that in this cake....it looks amazing!

JasmyneTea 12/1/12 07:31

I love the quartered apples on top, looks awesome :)

RAKS KITCHEN 12/1/12 07:54

WOnderful recipe,looks soft!

Joanne 12/1/12 13:19

I am such a sucker for marzipan and can't wait to try this! I love that it has spelt flour in it...that's my favorite whole grain flour to bake with!

sally 12/1/12 15:17

Such a pretty cake! I love the big chunks of apples on top.

Lenia 12/1/12 15:27

My mouth is watering!I adore apple cakes!Kisses from Greece,dear!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 12/1/12 15:46

I love how the apples look on top of this delicious cake! Well done, Angie, it sounds like my kind of cake.

vrinda 12/1/12 16:09

Gr8 recipe n looks beautiful...

christo AKA doggybloggy 12/1/12 16:25

if I forgot how beautiful your food was this certainly reminds me...

Jeannie 12/1/12 16:42

This is looks delicious! I love the way you cut and arrange the apples on the cake!

Joy 12/1/12 16:48

The recipe is so cool! Maripan! Wow.

Hornsfan 12/1/12 17:03

I wish I had a slice of this right now to enjoy alongside my morning coffee!

Quay Po Cooks 12/1/12 17:06

You made this look so pretty. I am drooling.

Magic of Spice 12/1/12 18:32

I simply adore marzipan and my new love spelt :) This is not only stunning, but undoubtedly delicious beyond words!

A Canadian Foodie 12/1/12 18:41

This is a stunning bread, Angie - particularly with the fruit on top. Absolutely lovely... and the texture is divine.

Bizzy B. Bakes 12/1/12 19:17

I made a cake yesterday with 1/3 cup applesauce and 1/3 canola oil. I felt so virtuous. I love marzipan. This is a recipe for me. If you have a moment, could you link this to Bake with Bizzy. I want it, in front of me, so I will make a point of baking it. Thanks Angie.

Anonymous 12/1/12 19:18

Stop it with these fantastic breads, you're killin' me!! Not only does this sound fabulous, but looks incredible. I'm loving the presentation--so unique. Another winning recipe, Angie!

tania@mykitchenstories.com.au 12/1/12 20:56

yum i do like the look of this and I love marsipan, thanks its hard to find good recipes using marsipan

Catherine 12/1/12 21:06

Dear Angie, What a beautiful breakfast cake to accompany a good cup of coffee. Blessings, Catherine xo

Lyndsey 12/1/12 21:39

What a beautiful cake. My grandma was Dutch and she would make a lot of baked good using almond paste which has a similar flavor. So this is very interesting to me.

kankana 12/1/12 23:30

That is one gorgeous looking cake. The apples on top gave it such a beautiful design! Great idea i must say :)

tigerfish 13/1/12 03:10

It just sounds like a healthy loaf to me with the wholegrain spelt!

Velva 13/1/12 03:39

I love marzipan my family not so much..I can remember middle eastern pastries containing a significant amount of marzipan, and that was the highlight for me. I was hooked.

This apple cake would be wonderful for breakfast with my coffee.

As always Angie, awesome.


Lori 13/1/12 03:41

This cake is beautiful! I just love marzipan as well as the idea of some variety in my grains and flours. Sounds delicious.

Mary 13/1/12 04:28

This really sounds delicious. I don't use enough spelt in my cooking. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

noobcook 13/1/12 06:23

your kitchen always churn out the most amazing looking bakes!

FOODESSA 13/1/12 11:13

Angie...your version of this scrumptious cake would be sweet enough for me as well ;o) Love how you transformed the look of those apple slices.

Have a great weekend,

pigpigscorner 13/1/12 11:40

Very healthy loaf, and it looks delicious!

Audra 13/1/12 14:12

THis is such a beautiful cake Angie! I've never actually baked with marzipan before but I'd really like to try!

Anonymous 13/1/12 16:39

A really gorgeous cake, apple cakes are always my favorite, love that it is healthy!

Elisabeth 13/1/12 17:18

Outrageously gorgeous apple and marzipan cake, Angie! ...and to know that it's so healthy, as well!
Love the apple design on the top, and of course, the stunning photos:DDD

Lalina 13/1/12 20:00

Uao it looks so yummy, I can't wait to try it out!
It's the first time I wander in your blog, but if everything is so inspiring, I'll sure be back!

Cucina49 13/1/12 23:16

I have marzipan sitting in my freezer. This is the perfect recipe to use it in!

Tina 13/1/12 23:48

Marzipan in the batter must do wonders for that cake! Just that factor by itself makes me want to try it. In addition, you have included a healthy grain and fruit, which is another bonus. The presentation with the sliced apples sure does draw you in. Thanks for this unique recipe-very special indeed!

Akika (Ichigo Shortcake) 14/1/12 06:11

Love your photos! They're so clean and pretty~ and the cake looks so delicious! :D

Anonymous 14/1/12 10:13

The top of the cake looks so pretty - lovely idea.
:-) Mandy

Gloria 14/1/12 15:36

Wow Angie!!! I love this marzipan and apple cake!!! I love all with marzipan! and love the pictures !!

Fimère 14/1/12 18:29

j'aime beaucoup de plus c'est joliment décoré
bonne soirée

Asmita 14/1/12 21:43

Hi Angie,
This cake looks so beautiful and delicious!!!

Ambreen 15/1/12 08:03

Looks fabulous!!! Beautiful work, Angie!

Anonymous 17/1/12 03:57

I would definitely take one of those loafs....

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 18/1/12 02:41

Ooh, marzipan, how interesting... the top of this cake is positively gorgeous Angie!

Anonymous 18/1/12 05:40

Absolutely stunning to look at! I love the combo of the wholegrain flour with the apples...great flavor.

Bizzy B. Bakes 18/1/12 18:22

Such a delicious cake deserves honor so I am featuring it at Bake with Bizzy, today.

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors 19/1/12 17:35

You do what you do so very ell Angie - the whole grains with the apples, the almond scatterings and the the flavors are stunning not to mention the breathtaking presentation.

chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

MaryMoh 20/1/12 10:32

Mmmm...this looks really healthy and special. I love spelt flour and I have marzipan. Apart from using the marzipan to decorate cakes, I am not too sure what to use it for. Now I can try this. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have great day and Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

Sandra 21/1/12 00:41

Love those apples on top!

Sweet Treats 'n Good Eats 8/2/12 18:28

Right up my alley. Beautiful presentation!


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