Refined sugar free, fat free and guilt free simple apple cake

Refined sugar free, fat free and guilt free simple apple cake

By 02/11/2015

I am just back from Italy! We have been having beautiful warm sunny days and I feel kind of "restored" for it.

I have taken many photographs which I will be sharing over the next few weeks. It has been good seeing my two sisters, my parents and cousins. When I am over there I realize how much I really miss living closer to them. I love all those big family dinners with lots of food with the children happily roaming around. Sometimes I do wish I was still living in Italy.

My children have been practising their Italian and with my daughter being so keen to talk and read in Italian I decided to start proper Italian lessons once a week for both my children and for my husband too. If you study the basis of the Italian grammar it becomes much easier to write and speak the language. I will let you know how we get on.

Whilst in Italy I sort of invade my mum's kitchen and we do clash sometimes! Quite rightly she is jealous of her own kitchen. I made this apple cake  free of refined sugar and fat free which was polished off very quickly.

I am now going back to unpacking, cleaning and going food shopping... always lots to do when you are back from holiday!

This cake is not suitable for diabetics

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 45 minutes



Mix the eggs with the honey. Add the sifted flour and the salt. Mix well then add a splash of milk enough to make a runny mixture.

sifting flour


We made this cake outside on my mum's terrace. We have been having such wonderful autumn days with plenty of glorious sunshine I hope this is going to last for a little longer.

making apple cake

Peel the apples, cut them into thin slices and add them to the mixture. Mix well.

adding apples

Pour onto a rectangular baking tray measuring approx 35cm x 24cm or  13¾" x 9½" covered with parchment paper. Level well, wash the sultanas under running water, drain them and place them on top and cook at 200C or 390F for about 45 minutes or until golden on top but I recommend checking with a toothpick after 30 minutes.

Fat and sugar free apple cake

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27 Responses to Refined sugar free, fat free and guilt free simple apple cake

  1. Christopher Williamson

    Desert apples or cooking apples?

    • Alida

      I have used dessert apples as they are sweeter.

  2. Christopher Williamson

    Great recipe

    What weight of apples when they are peeled and cored, please

    • Alida

      Hi Christopher, the total weight is 450 grams or 16 oz.

  3. Christopher Williamson

    Grazie mille

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Che bello saperti felice che ogni tanto ritorni in Italia dai tuoi cari! Carinissimi i tuoi piccoli vederli all’opera nel preparare la torta di mele; immagino che bontà, le cose semplici sono le migliori! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara. I miei bambini si divertono un sacco a fare dolci.. speriamo continui!

    • Alida

      Thanks Angie.

  5. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    This Apple Cake is so that it is sugar and fat free…I will have to try this as my mom needs to stay away from the sugar as she is Diabetic. Love how your daughter is mixing all of the ingredients together…She must be a big help. So glad that you get to go back to Italy and see your family…It is so important especially for the children. Good that you are giving lessons in Italian. I can understand it, but do not speak it, and then there is Google Translate…I want to learn as well someday. Thanks for sharing this delicious cake…Have a great new week dear friend…
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks Dottie!

  6. speedy70

    I dolci alle mele sono in assoluto i miei preferiti! Golosissimo il tuo… e poi con questa graziosa aiutante… bravissime!!!

  7. Elisabetta

    So you’ve been back in il bel paese, what a lucky lady! I’m so happy for you that you’ve shared more precious time with your loved ones. Seeing your children cooking and baking always makes me smile. I’m sure that your family will be fluent in Italian in no time with the help of mamma!! x

    • Alida

      I am working hard on my children to learn Italian. We have now started Italian lessons, it is incredible how children pick up languages much quicker than adults!

  8. Elaine

    I’ve just made this, took it out of the oven after 28 minutes because the sultanas on top were burnt! Cake seemed cooked throughout. The recommended 45 minutes seem a long time for a thin cake

    • Alida

      Hi Elaine,
      I often find that it varies depending on the oven (some seem to cook quicker than others) and of the moisture of the cake mixture. I did cook it for 45 min but in consideration of your comment I have added a note to the recipe to check after 30 min.
      Many thanks for your feedback I really appreciated it and for taking the time to try this recipe.

  9. Nathalie Sultana

    Hi Alida could you tell mewhat 17,6 oz means. I would like to do the cheeskake with oranges and ricotta.

    • Alida

      Hi Nathalie,
      Are you referring to this recipe?
      I modified the original grams to cups conversions to make it more clear. I hope this helps 🙂

  10. Jenny Paulin

    I love the simplicity of this cake and how it is sweetened so naturally x

  11. Jean

    Can the cake be frozen?

    • Alida

      Yes you can freeze it.

  12. Judith

    Why was my cake so solid and heavy?

    • Alida

      This cake, although it has flour with raising agent in it, will always bit a little heavier than a normal cake because there are so many apples in it.

  13. Linda

    I have just made this cake. It only took 30 mins in my oven. Just a little disappointed the sultanas burnt. When I make this recipe again I will either mix sultanas in with the apple or push them into mixture if sprinkling on top.
    Thanks for recipe it was so quick and easy.

    • Alida

      I am pleased you enjoyed the cake. Sorry about the burnt sultanas. A way to prevent that is to wash them under the tap and drain them; the moisture will prevent them from burning but, as you suggest, you can also simply add them to the mixture.

  14. Luana Savini

    Hi, I would love to try your recipe. Can I use pear instead?

    • Alida

      I feel pears won’t work very well as they contain more water than apples. You might need to add more flour.

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