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Omenakakku – Finnish apple cake

The women in our family are renowned for their amazing baking skills. I even recognised this as a young girl, once proclaiming to my mum that I wanted to be a ‘good cooker’ just like her. I don’t think my cooking skills come so easily or as naturally as they do my mum and grandmother, but I am keen and once I put my hand to something, I make it work.

As a kid I remember mum making mostly Finnish dishes. She was known for her cakes and sweet treats, she would often whip up a batch of Finnish ‘Pulla’, traditional cardamom and cinnamon buns, which we eagerly ate with deep appreciation. Or she’d make her famous chocolate cake topped with hundreds and thousands (I am yet to post that one here). And then there was her wonderful apple cake. Mostly I remember the way she would fan the apple wedges on top, I always loved the look of it. Now, I love the taste of it.

Recently my Mum gave me an old Finnish cookbook published in 1967 titled Suuri Keittokirja, I remember it well from my childhood. This recipe is in this cookbook. I smiled as I flicked through noticing the black and white food photographs, oh how far we have come with food photography.

I made this cake after a special request from the ever-sassy Veggie Mama. She asks, I deliver.


150g unsalted butter

1 ¼ cups sugar (250g)

3 eggs

1 ½ cups plain flour (210g)

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp bicarb (baking) soda

3 medium size Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges

4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp sugar (to coat apples)


Preheat oven to 175oC. Grease a small springform cake tin.

Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well until combined.

In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and bicarb soda together, add to butter mixture and combine well. Pour combined mix into cake tin.

Cut the peeled apples into wedges, score the rounded edges (the part that was peeled) with a knife making cuts lengthways. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, add apples and coat with cinnamon sugar mix. Arrange apple pieces on top of the cake mixture, rounded side of apple facing up. Press in gently so that apple is halfway in cake mix. Bake in oven for approx 1 hour and 10 minutes or until cake bounces back and is golden in colour.

(My cake sunk in the middle due to placing it on a plate with raised sides and the fact I transferred the cake while it was still hot – silly me!)

If you wish, you can sprinkle slivered almonds on top prior to baking.

This recipe was lovingly shared at 365 Days of Baking’s Wicked Good Wednesday Party.

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  • Marjatta "Your one and only loving Mother" - I think you have exceeded the status of “good cooker” by far! I’m so very proud of to carry on the Finnish tradition in cooking and hope that you’ll pass it on to younger generation to come. The cake looks absolutely divine, I only wish I was there to taste it. xxooReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thanks Mum. I do enjoy trying out all the Finnish favourites, I look forward to sampling more. Thanks for the recipes. xoReplyCancel

  • Tanya - Yum! I’m excited to give this a go. Thanks for posting the recipie Peggy. xxReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Oooh love it when people try my recipes out! This is a long time favourite in our family Tanya. I like it with a dollop of ice cream. Enjoy, let me know what you think if you do make it. xoReplyCancel

  • Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking & More - Peggy, this looks so very tasty! I really like it with the ice cream next to it, but think it would taste great ALL ALONE. I’ll take the huge piece with the little piece cut out, please! ;-)
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wicked Good Wednesdays! Hope to see what you’ve been up to again next week!ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - haha the huge piece with the little piece cut out, love it!

      Thank you for dropping in Lynne. The cake was very tasty, something I can’t have hovering around in my kitchen or I won’t stop eating it!

      I’ll be round for Wicked Good Wednesdays again soon. :)ReplyCancel

  • Caramelised Pear and Cardamom Cake » cake crumbs & beach sand - [...] and the sunshine has prompted me to get baking. This cake reminds me a little of the traditional Finnish Omenakakku (apple cake) my Mum used to make. I had the idea of adding cinnamon and cardamom, popular additions [...]ReplyCancel

  • susan lee - gonna make this for my friend Harry. who is also of finnish decent. (as am I) can’t wait to try it. My mom and I used to stop in New York Mills, Minn every chance we could and buy this.ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Awesome Susan, it’s definitely one of my Finnish faves. Your friend Harry is a lucky fellow! Enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Omenakakku - Finnish apple cake - The Veggie Mama - […] cookbook from which to bake me this cake, which I in turn baked for myself. You can find the recipe here. But you won’t find any cake at my house because I ate it all. Even for breakfast once. […]ReplyCancel

  • Joêl Daniel - I want to make this but not sure what size tin to use?ReplyCancel

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