Apple Olive Oil Cake Recipe – Spanish Tarta de Manzana

Try this delicious Spanish apple olive oil cake recipe with a crisp cinnamon crumb on top.
Apple Olive Oil Cake
  • 1.5 cups of cake flour
  • ¼ cup of spelt flour (optional - if not just add another ¼ cup of all purpose flour)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (optional - if not just add another ¼ cup of granulated sugar)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Scant 1 cup of full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • ⅔ cup of Spanish extra virgin olive oil (I used a fragrant hojiblanca)
  • 1 large green apple, diced small (I use green apples, but you can sub your favorite)
  • Powdered sugar to top the cake (unless making the crumb below)
Optional Crumb Topping
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and then grease and flour a 9½ cake pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, spelt flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar, honey, and eggs on medium-high speed with a hand mixer for about two minutes.
  4. Now, whisk in the Greek yogurt on low speed.
  5. Finally, add the olive oil by slowly drizzling it in while mixing on low.
  6. When combined, fold in the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spatula. Stop mixing as soon as everything is combined-- you don't want to over mix.
  7. Fold in the diced apple just until incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased and floured cake pan.
Optional Crumb Topping
  1. For the crumb, in a small bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, and sugar.
  2. Add the room temperature butter and mash with the back of a fork. You want to make a chunky paste with plenty of crumbs.
  3. Cover the cake with this mixture.
Baking Instructions
  1. Bake about 50 minutes in a preheated (375°F) oven (or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with only a few crumbs).
  2. Take your cake out of the oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the cake pan. Right before serving dust with powdered sugar (unless you used the crumb topping, in which case the additional sugar isn't necessary!)
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