Invisible Apple Cake

Who doesn’t love having a sweet treat with brunch or your afternoon coffee? There’s something about biting into a delicate confection that instantly brightens the day. This Invisible Apple Cake is the perfect addition to your weekend baking.

Invisible Apple Cake

This beautiful dessert is as impressive as it’s easy. Not only will you impress yourself with how pretty and delicate this apple infused cake is, you will have your friends and family begging for another slice.

Taste the Magic

Invisible Apple Cake, or Gâteau Invisible, is a French pastry. It gets it’s name from the layers upon layers of thin apple slices that seem to disappear into each other. The result is a burst of sweet apple flavor in each and every bite.

Fall and apple season go hand in hand. You start seeing apple pies, apple fritters, and apple strudel. But have you seen Gâteau Invisible aux Pommes?

This beautiful dessert is ideal for the holiday season. The light batter and fruit forward layers make it the perfect end note to a meal. Sweet, but not overly sweet, it’s equally at home served as part of a brunch, or special treat when your kids come home from school.

The magic of this cake lays in both the patchwork of apple layers, but also in how easy it is to make. Skip rolling out pie crusts and dealing with puff pastry. If you can peel and slice an apple, you can make this cake.

The Magic of Magic Apple Cake

Have you ever mixed pancake batter or a crepe batter before? The first slice of this cake will have your family oohing and aahing, but it truly is as easy as mixing up crepe batter. Let’s take it step by step.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Use a sweeter apple. Because apples are the star of this dessert pick your favorite…honeycrisp, Fuji, or pink ladies are all excellent options.
  • Peel and slice your apples as thing as possible. If you have one, a mandoline will make this even easier. You want your apples to be fairly equal sizes so they cook equally.
  • Mix together your batter. This is a light and thin batter. Don’t worry about pulling out your mixer for this a whisk will work just fine. You want it to be a little light and airy.
  • Bake it until almost done before adding the almonds on top. The high fat content of nuts combined with the sliver thin size makes them more likely to burn if they went on at the very beginning. You’re just toasting them at the end.
  • Don’t hold out on the snow flurry. Powdered sugar is like sprinkles. Some people like just a few, some people want the entire rainbow. Sprinkle on as much powdered sugar as you like.
  • Anytime is the right time for a slice of this cake. You know what they say about an apple a day, I happen to love mine in cake.
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Sweet, simple, and easy as…Invisible Apple Cake. Looking for more easy recipe inspirations? Make sure you check out my recipe for French Toast with Caramelized Apples and Pecans.

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Invisible Apple Cake

Invisible Apple Cake is filled with layers upon layers of lightly sweetened apples baked in a light and airy batter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
cooling time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Servings 8


  • mixing bowl
  • 9" loaf pan


  • 3-4 big apples sliced thinly
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • almond flakes/shaved almonds
  • powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare your loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside. You can grease the pan if you prefer.
  • Peel your apples and slice them as thin as possible. You can use a mandoline if desired.
  • In a bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until slightly airy. Slowly whisk in the milk, flour, and butter. The batter should be thin like a crepe batter.
  • Fold in your apples and make sure they are all separated and thoroughly coated in the batter.
  • Pour the apple batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Add your almond flakes the last 10 minutes of baking so they can toast.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of hours.
  • Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy!
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    1. Yes 9″ loaf pan. You can spray the pan before lining the parchment paper. It actually doesn’t stick to the pan even without it.

      1. When listing the ingredients you say 2 cups. Here you say 4. Which is it supose to be? I just followed the recipe and did 2 cups..hope it turns out.

  1. There are many versions of this French apple cake.

    I just made this cake in a 9″ loaf. I only buttered the parchment paper. I used four large apple and sliced them with a thin blade on my food processor. Took less than l minute to slice apples, which are all the same size.

    NOTE: You can use vanilla paste, zested orange or zested lemon and any other flavorings in the milk custard.

    This cake is definitely worth making over and over as it is moist, flavorful and served with bourbon whipped cream is a highlight.

    Perfectly perfect

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