Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)


This Italian apple cake recipe is from my mom and reminds me of my childhood. It tastes delicious, and I bake it for my family now.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs, or as needed

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ⅛ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed (Optional)

  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cubed

  • ¼ cup white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a pie plate and dust with bread crumbs

  2. Combine melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla bean seeds in a bowl. Add eggs and stir to combine. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and add to butter mixture. Add milk if batter is too thick

  3. Pour batter into the prepared pie plate. Distribute apple slices in a thick layer on top of the batter. Dot with cubed butter and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
19g Fat
51g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 167mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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