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Apple Cake with Olive Oil – Bizcocho de Manzana

Written By: Byron | May 3, 2023
An pple cake is dusted with icing sugar and a slice is served.

Apple Cake with Olive Oil (known as Bizcocho de Manzana in Spain) is a fantastic sponge cake recipe that combines olive oil, apple, and natural yogurt. This easy dessert recipe makes a light and fluffy cake that’s the ideal afternoon treat or snack. 

Serve it with some freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and you’ve got the perfect dessert to finish any meal. This recipe makes 6-8 servings and comes together in around 1 hour and 30 minutes. We used a Granny Smith apple but you can use any green apple that’s available near you. 

Budget-Friendly Recipe | Dessert Recipe | Bizcocho | Easy Recipe | Snack Recipe | Olive Oil Recipe | Apple Cake | Mediterranean Dessert

Serving:

Dessert 6-8 servings

Ready in:

1 hr, 30 mins

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Ice cream

ingredients for making apple cake are laid out on a wooden counter.

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Ingredients you’ll need 

(makes 6-8 servings)

    For the Apple cake

    • 2 cups of cake flour (180 g) 
    • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1 cup of granulated sugar (150 g)
    • Pinch of ground cinnamon
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup Greek yogurt (220 ml)
    • 2/3 cup of Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil (160 ml)
    • 1 large apple, peeled and diced into small chunks

    Apple Crumble Topping

    • 1/8 cup butter (30 g) at room temperature (For a healthier option, sub for extra virgin olive oil)
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar (90 g)
    • 1/4 cup flour (30 g)
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1 apple, peeled and thinly sliced

    Equipment needed

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    How to make apple cake with olive oil

    Step 1 – Prepare cake batter

    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 10-inch (25 cm) cake pan.
    • In a medium-sized bowl mix together the salt and baking powder. Use a flour sieve to add the flour and mix well. 
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar and eggs for 4 minutes. (Note- If using a hand mixer, be sure to use the low setting).
    • Now, gently fold in the Greek yogurt and once combined evenly, slowly add the olive oil while mixing constantly. 
    • When combined, fold in the flour mixture using a spatula, add the apple chunks and a pinch of ground cinnamon then gently fold in until all ingredients are combined. 
    • Pour the cake batter into the greased and floured cake pan.

    Step 2 – Prepare the apple crumble topping

    • Mix together the flour, cinnamon, and sugar in a small bowl.
    • Add the butter and mash together with the back of a fork. Aim to make tiny crumbs without too many clumps. 
    • Apply a thin layer of apple slices, don’t worry if they sink slightly into the cake batter.
    • Cover the apple slices with the crumble mixture. 

    Step 3 – Bake, rest, and serve

    • Bake for 50 minutes in a preheated (375°F/190°C) oven on the middle shelf.
    • Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before removing the cake pan. 
    • To serve, add a light dusting of icing sugar (around 1 tablespoon is plenty)
    An apple cake is dusted with icing sugar and a slice is served.

    Spanish bizcocho

    Bizcocho has a special place in our hearts here at the Spanish Radish HQ, and this apple cake with olive oil recipe has to be right up there with our favorite bizcocho recipes alongside our classic Lemon and olive oil bizcocho with a pistachio-crusted glaze recipe. 

    Bizcocho is a light and fluffy cake that we call sponge cake in English. In Spain, bizcocho is made with a wide array of flavors, from lemon and citrus fruit flavors, to classic chocolate or caramel flavors. Whichever is your favorite, bizcocho is the perfect treat or afternoon snack and Spaniards have even reserved a special time of the day for this tasty treat, called ‘Merienda’

    Want to discover more about Spain’s eating times and traditions? Check out our complete guide Spain dining guide – Spanish meal times and traditions

    Best flour to use when baking bizcocho (sponge cakes)

    For this recipe, you’ll want to use lighter flour such as cake flour (Here in Spain, we call cake flour ‘Harina de bizcocho’). With cake flour, your sponge will be light and fluffy, especially if you carefully sieve the flour before use. 

    Difference between cake flour vs All purpose flour

    Don’t have any cake four in the pantry? Don’t worry, while it is better to use cake flour, you can substitute cake flour with all-purpose flour. Here’s the difference between the two. 

    Cake flour

    • Cake flour is made from soft wheat that is ground extra-fine, giving it a lighter crumb and making a more fluffy texture when used in cakes and other baked goods. 
    • Cake flour has a lower protein content making it better for light-textured baked goods. 
    • Cake flour is also low in gluten, which makes it easier to achieve lighter, fluffier textures when baking sponges and cakes. 

    All Purpose flour

    • All-purpose flour is made from a blend of soft and hard wheat and contains 10% protein. 
    • All-purpose flour works best with baked goods that require a denser structure, such as pie crusts, breadsticks, and pastry goods. 

    Substitute all purpose flour for cake flour 

    When substituting a cup of all-purpose flour for a cup of cake flour, remove two leveled tablespoons of AP flour and replace it with two leveled tablespoons of cornstarch. 

    Be sure to sift all-purpose flour to remove any grit and provide a more fluffy texture.

    Serving Suggestions

    This recipe is the perfect mid-day or afternoon snack (known as Merienda in Spain). Serve your Apple cake warm with a generous dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. 

     

    More Spanish cakes and desserts

    Nutrition facts

    Serving size: 80g
    Servings: 8
    Amount per serving  
    Calories 519
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 26.4g 34%
    Saturated Fat 6.5g 33%
    Cholesterol 82mg 27%
    Sodium 112mg 5%
    Total Carbohydrate 66.1g 24%
    Dietary Fiber 2.3g 8%
    Total Sugars 36.4g  
    Protein 8.7g  
    Vitamin D 7mcg 33%
    Calcium 100mg 8%
    Iron 2mg 14%
    Potassium 292mg 6%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

     

    A large Apple cake with a slice taken out of it.

    Apple Cake with Olive Oil - Bizcocho de Manzana

    Byron
    Apple Cake with Olive Oil (known as Bizcocho de Manzana in Spain) is a fantastic sponge cake recipe that combines olive oil, apple, and natural yogurt. This easy dessert recipe makes a light and fluffy cake that’s the ideal afternoon treat or snack.
    Serve it with some freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and you’ve got the perfect dessert to finish any meal. This recipe makes 6-8 servings and comes together in around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    4.80 from 5 votes
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 50 minutes
    Resting time 20 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Course afternoon tea, Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
    Servings 8 servings
    Calories 519 kcal

    Equipment

    • 2 medium-sized mixing bowls
    • Whisk
    • Flour sieve
    • 10-inch spring form cake pan
    • Oven
    • Electric hand mixer (optional)

    Ingredients

    For the Apple cake

    • 2 cups of cake flour 180 g
    • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1 cup of granulated sugar 150 g
    • Pinch of ground cinnamon
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup Greek yogurt 220 ml
    • 2/3 cup of Spanish extra virgin olive oil 160 ml
    • 1 large apple peeled and diced into small chunks

    Apple Crumble Topping

    • 1/8 cup butter 30 g at room temperature (For a healthier option, sub for extra virgin olive oil)
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar 90 g
    • 1/4 cup flour 30 g
    • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1 Apple peeled and thinly sliced

    Instructions
     

    Step 1 - Prepare cake batter

    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 10-inch (25 cm) cake pan.
      An oven dial turned up to 180C
    • In a medium-sized bowl mix together the salt and baking powder. Use a flour sieve to add the flour and mix well.
      2 cups of cake flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder
      flour is sievved into a mixing bowl
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar, and eggs for 4 minutes. (if using a hand mixer, be sure to use the low setting).
      1 cup of granulated sugar, 3 large eggs
      Eggs and sugar are whisked in a glass bowl
    • Next, gently fold in the Greek yogurt and once combined evenly, slowly add the olive oil while mixing constantly.
      1 cup Greek yogurt, 2/3 cup of Spanish extra virgin olive oil
      Yogurt and olive oil are added to a sugar and egg mixture.
    • Fold in the flour mixture using a spatula, add the apple chunks and a pinch of ground cinnamon then gently fold in until all ingredients are combined.
      1 large apple, Pinch of ground cinnamon
      Some diced apple is added to a bowl of cake batter.
    • Pour the cake batter into the greased and floured cake pan.
      Some cake batter is added to a greased cake pan

    Step 2 - Prepare the apple crumble topping

    • Mix together the flour, cinnamon, and sugar in a small bowl.
      1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
      Sugar, cinnamon, and flour are added to a glass bowl.
    • Add the butter and mash together with the back of a fork. Aim to make tiny crumbs without too many clumps.
      1/8 cup butter
      Some butter is added to a bowl with sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
    • Apply a thin layer of apple slices, don’t worry if they sink slightly into the cake batter. Cover the apple slices with the crumble mixture.
      1 Apple

    Step 3 - Bake, rest, and serve

    • Bake for about 50 minutes in a preheated (375°F/190°C) oven (or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with only a few crumbs).
      An apple cake is dusted with icing sugar and a slice is served.
    • Take your cake out of the oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the cake pan. To serve, add a light dusting of icing sugar (around 1 tablespoon is plenty)
      A large Apple cake with a slice taken out of it.

    Video

    Nutrition

    Serving: 80gCalories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 66.1gProtein: 8.7gFat: 26.4gSaturated Fat: 6.5gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 292mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 36.4gCalcium: 100mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword Apple cake, bizcocho, Dessert recipe, Olive Oil, snack, Spanish dessert

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