IKEA Apple Cake re-creation

27 Sep

The illusive IKEA apple cake recipe is not to be found on the internet. What I did find is a recipe for a dried apple tart. I made some changes to the recipe and used the crust from a  Bavarian apple torte recipe and came up with a cake very similar to IKEA’s apple cake. It’s been a while since I tasted the IKEA cake and I wish I remembered the taste of it better. Without further ado, here is my version.

+  filling  +
14 C apples, peeled and sliced
1 C apple juice or water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp cardamom
½ C brown sugar

(Yes, I used 14 cups of apples, they cook down to fill the pan nicely)

In a heavy 5 quart pot bring filling ingredients to a boil then lower to a simmer till juices form a syrup (time will vary—up to an hour). Stir occasionally and watch carefully as the juice thickens. 

+  topping  +
½ stick cold unsalted butter
½ C flour
1/3 C granulated sugar

Cut butter into flour and sugar mixture to combine. Chill until ready to use.

+  pastry dough  +
¾ C cold butter or margarine
¾ tsp vanilla
½ C sugar
 1 C flour

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together; blend in flour. Press dough evenly onto bottom and sides of a 10″ spring-form pan. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes till set.

Immediately spoon filling into shell, crumble topping evenly over filling. Bake cake on middle rack in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes; lower temperature to 375 and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack. When cool remove side of pan.

I couldn’t wait for the cake to cool, so sliced it while still warm and enjoyed every bite. In doing so I discovered that it slices much better when thoroughly cooled.

Let me know what you think. I have thought about making the syrup first, then adding the apples, and cooking for a shorter time. The IKEA cake has a vanilla sauce drizzled on top which I did not make, but it was still delicious. If you like a sweeter dessert, you can add more sugar to the filling. Enjoy!

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