Low Fat Apple Cake

This low fat apple cake is super moist, flavorful and delicious! Plus, it’s really low in calories because there’s no butter or oil. Only 116 calories per slice… that means you can enjoy more of it!

Low fat apple cake - a slice of apple cake on a rustic wooden table.

Jam packed with juicy apples, which add both moisture and flavor, and subtly sweet, this cake makes for a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack simply sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Do you want to turn it into a decadent dessert? Serve it warm with a scoop of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzled on top! YUM!

If you’re looking for something light, soft, with a tender crumb, give this low fat apple cake a go. You won’t be disappointed and it will be your new favorite in no time!

It’s a very easy recipe: the most tedious part is peeling and slicing the apples! But it’s well worth it. 🙂

You can toss the apple slices in a little lemon juice to keep them from oxidizing, but, since you’ll be baking them and they will brown in the oven, it’s not necessary.

I used Golden Delicious apples, but feel free to use any baking apple you like.

Just before baking, don’t forget to sprinkle some extra sugar on top… it will give them a nice, sweet crunch.

The recipe is adapted from the book  “La buona cucina di casa” written by Simili sisters.

low fat apple cake
5 from 36 votes
Low Fat Apple Cake
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Author: As Easy As Apple Pie
Course: Dessert/Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian

This easy low-fat apple cake is super moist, flavorful and delicious! Only 116 calories per slice.

  • 1.54 lb (700 grams) apples Golden Delicious or Granny's Smith
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon (90 grams) light brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon grated
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon (110 grams) all-purpose flour sifted
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon (75 ml) low-fat milk
  • 3 teaspoons (12 grams) baking powder
  • Optional: sugar to sprinkle on top and icing sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).
  2. Grease and flour a 22 cm (8.5 inch) pan and set aside.
  3. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
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  5. Place the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat until thick and creamy.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder, and milk, and beat until well combined.
  7. Add two thirds of the apples to the batter and mix with a wooden spoon or a spatula.
  8. Place the batter in the prepared pan.
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  10. Arrange the remaining apple slices over the top of the batter.
  11. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional).
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  13. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  14. Dust the low fat apple cake with powdered sugar before serving.
  15. Enjoy it!

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Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (97g) — Calories: 116, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 17mg, Carbohydrates: 25.3g, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugar: 15.6g, Protein: 2.4g

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111 comments on “Low Fat Apple Cake”

  1. This is delicious! By far my favorite desert I have made since I have been being healthy, and even before I was being healthy! I’m so glad.i have found this recipe! Everyone in my house loved it! Thank you so much. Definitely will be making a lot more of this !

  2. Hi

    I just wanted to say i made this over the weekend and its divine. I wish i had put more apple in though as i only put one in but i am definitely going to make it again. Also i used gluten free flour and gluten free baking powder and its lovely.

  3. Made the cake and it turned up awesome. Very light and with natural sweetness. Great recipe and pictures

  4. Substituted the sugar for Swerve and the milk for Almond Milk. Also, about five minutes before it was done, I squeezed the lemon that I zested over the top. Served it with a dollop of low fat cool whip. Turned out divine and NO one even knew it was low…well basically everything. ha! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll hashtag my pic on insta. Happy June!

  5. One of the best apple cake I have ever tasted. Made it last night! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi! Love to make this. I have a question. The 1.5 pounds of apples is that the whole apple measured, or sliced measures (peeled, cored) ?

  7. Just made this cake with soya milk and served hot with vanilla soya yoghurt. It was delicious! Finally I can have my cake and eat it 🙂 (unable to digest fat). Thank you for this recipe.

  8. I made this tonight with only a small modification – I didn’t have any lemons, so substituted the zest with a splash of vanilla and some nutmeg. There didn’t seem to be much batter to the apples, and, to be honest, I thought “this is going to be nasty” as I poured it into the prepared pan. I baked as directed (used a 9″ deep pie pan) and can honestly say, the cake turned out amazing. It’s absolutely delicious, and I didn’t even bother to top it with the powdered sugar. This one’s a keeper – the perfect solution to craving something sweet yet keeping it healthy!

  9. My friend sent me the link to the apple pie recipe and as soon as I read it I wanted to make it. That was last night, I made it this afternoon, and my family had it for dessert after Sunday dinner.
    Oh my, it is absolutely fantastic. I have been losing weight recently and this fits right in with the diet I am following.  It is a rare tasty, sweet treat that doesn’t bust the diet. Thank you!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous and soo filling. An eighth is a really generous portion. Will definitely make it again. Thanks Elena

  11. I made this for my “sewing circle” and they liked it. I don’t keep milk on hand; I substituted Greek yoghurt diluted with water. I could not find a 8.5 inch round pan on line in the US. I used 9”; next time I would use 8”. Served the cake with apricot jam and whipped cream sweetened with honey.

  12. Hello! This delicious cake has become one of my family’s favorites! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. I made one minor adjustment–I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. There’s not much than can’t be improved without a bit of vanilla flavoring! 
    I do have a question: the recipe states it is 116 calories per slice, but it doesn’t state how many servings the entire cake makes. It’s difficult to know how big to cut a slice to equal 116 calories. Would you please help with this? Thank you so much!

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