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Hazelnut hidden rose apple cake

This hazelnut hidden rose apple cake is the perfect autumn treat with its moist crumb, warming notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet tart apple, and pieces of crunchy hazelnut.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Vy Tran


  • 9-inch round cake pan


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup full fat yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • powdered sugar for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Brush bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper.
  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • In a bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk olive oil, yogurt, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together until well combined.
  • Whisk in dry ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour batter into cake pan. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Give it a couple taps to remove any large air bubbles.
  • Top the cake with apple slices, chopped hazelnuts, and turbinado sugar.
  • Place the pan in the middle rack and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes and turn it out onto a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


Use apples that hold up well during baking like Granny Smith, Jonagold, Braeburn, and Honeycrisp. 
When it comes to baking, choose a quality fruity olive oil.
Full fat yogurt can be substituted with sour cream, cream cheese, or mascarpone.
Check for doneness 5-8 minutes before the required baking time because not all ovens act the same. The best method for testing a cake’s doneness is with a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake. When it comes out clean, the cake is done. If it's still wet, bake the cake for an additional 5 minutes.