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 44 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 (97 g) — Calories: 116, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 17mg, Carbohydrates: 25.3g, Fiber: 1.8g, Sugar: 15.6g, Protein: 2.4g

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140 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!

  13. Great recipe! I didn’t have lemon zest, but it was still great. Everyone loved it. Definitely a repeater 🙂

  14. can this cake made 1 day before and refrigerated?

  15. I made this last night. It is so very similar to the apple pie my mum used to bake, it tasted of my childhood 🙂
    Assumed the 700g where the apples already peeled and cored but it was way too much for the mixture I had so I used probably half of it.
    My husband is not a fan of apple pie so I cut it in squares and took it to the office today. Otherwise I would end up eating it all on my own!
    It didn’t last long and everyone loved it

  16. Greetings from South-Africa, I made it today, so easy and tasty.
    Added some lemon juice about three tablespoons and one teaspoon vanilla extract to the egg and sugar mixture.
    Also tossed the apple slices in cinnamon and sprinkled some extra cinnamon over the top. Very yummy and great recipe thank you.

  17. I made this and cut the apple slices in half and squeezed this juice of the lemon over them before adding to the mixture. Plus l added 1 teaspoon of mixed spice to the flour. I left the apple as slices for the topping which gives it such a professional look. All in all very yummy x

  18. Great recipe and pictures

  19. Hello,

    I want to make this recipe, but I only have whole milk instead of the low fat milk on hand. What kind of adjustments would I have to make in order to use whole milk in this recipe?

  20. Great start to my low cholesterol diet. Made an error in not having a deep enough tin and just sprinkled some nutmeg as well as sugar on the top and it was very good.
    Thanks Sally

  21. Hi there! I love this recipe as is I’ve made it a few times and it’s alaays a big hit! Today I decided to venture out a little bit and added vanilla and sprinkled cinnamon on it as well before popping it to the oven. I have about 20 minutes left in the oven. Cross your fingers it comes out great! 

  22. Hi, this cake looks absolutely delicious! I’m on a low calorie diet but plan on making this yummy cake for a treat. Can you please tell me how many does this serve so I know how big each piece should be for the 116cal serving. Thanks so mich 🙂

    • Hi Jenn! It depends on how big your slice is. My nutritional info is for a 97 grams slice (so, approximately, you can get from this cake 11 portions).

  23. Hi can you please tell me if all purpose flour is plain or self raising.

  24. Delicious. I made the cake today and we loved it. It has a very nice texture and is loaded with apples. I think it may be even better tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe !

  25. Apple cake has always been my very favorite,but it’s so fattening! This looks like a much better option! I’m going to top it with light cool whip,can’t wait to try it!

  26. how can this recipe be healthy with all purpose flour & reg baking powder? SOME OF US HAVE TO EAT ALL ORGANIC & CAN’T CONSUME COCONUTS OR ALMONDS==WE NEED RECIPES FOR US ALSO

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