Norwegian Apple Cake

This recipe is adapted from “Morgensolen Favorites” published in 1978 from the Morgensolen Lodge #545 Sons of Norway. This is a very straight-forward apple cake recipe that is easy to make and is a real crowd-pleaser; there is nothing about it not to like. The cake has a light and crumbly texture and keeps plenty of moisture with the addition of fresh apples. Also, the cinnamon and sugar mix on top makes a delicious sugary crust once baked. I love this cake with a cup of coffee. 

Ingredients for 1 cake

  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. milk
  • Peeled & cored apples
  • Cinnamon sugar topping
  1. Cream shortening & sugar.
  2. Add beaten eggs & vanilla.
  3. Add sifted dry ingredients alternating with the milk.
  4. Spread 9″ springform pan.
  5. Top with apple slices, placed around the outer edge. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. cinnamon mixed with 1 c. sugar across the top liberally. You may not need all of the sugar mixture.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 45 min.


This is a very straight-forward cake recipe and would be great for a beginner to learn a few baking skills. When baking, the cake rises around the slices and leaves an interesting pattern on top. Feel free to experiment with the apple layout with rows, patterns, etc… I used Honeycrisp apples, and these were delicious. I think you could use almost any apple that is good for baking with success. Please let me know if you try this recipe in the comments below, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy!

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