Invisible Apple Cake

Invisible apple cake - Lilie Bakery

A dessert with a good fruit taste: the Invisible apple cake ! Easy and quick to prepare, garnished with apple slices cut so thin that they become almost invisible... Served sprinkled with icing sugar and/or a little salted butter caramel for extra treat.

What you will like about this invisible apple cake

  • flavors : the good taste of apple in this cake which contains a lot of them! A touch of vanilla completes its flavor.
  • texture : a fondant cake, which will remind you a little of the texture of a clafoutis with slices of fruit.
  • difficulty level : very easy to prepare. The longest part will be slicing the apples on the mandolin ! But rest assured, it’s very simple. This invisible apple cake is baked in a cake mold to have beautiful slices when cutting.
Invisible apple cake slice - Lilie Bakery

Ingredient details

  • apples : I recommend tart apples like Pink Lady, which really brings out the taste of invisible apple cake.
  • sucre : I use classic powdered sugar here. Alternatively, you can opt for brown sugar, you will need a little less quantity.
  • milk : only whole milk so that the final result is as creamy as possible (thanks to the dose of fat it contains).

How to make an invisible apple cake?

  • we peel, seed and cut apples in quarters
  • we pass them to the mandolin
  • we whip eggs and sugar
  • we add the other ingredients
  • we incorporate apple slices
  • we pour in the cake mold
  • on bake the invisible apple cake!
  • let it cool then we refrigerate
  • we then cut beautiful slices

NB: the complete list of ingredients and the detailed recipe are given at the bottom of the page.

My advice for making your invisible cake a success

  • use a mandolin to have thin and regular slices (no more than 2mm thick): this is what allows the visual effect when cutting the invisible apple cake.
  • to incorporate at room temperature milk and eggs to have an optimal texture when tasting.
  • coat the apple slices well with the cake batter: they will absorb the batter when baking, and create a whole that holds together.

How to enjoy this invisible apple cake?

This invisible apple cake must be refrigerated before tasting to ensure a clean cut, at least 2 hours, or even overnight. To revive its flavor, remove it from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

For tasting, I strongly advise you to accompany the invisible apple cake with salted butter caramel (you will find my salted butter caramel recipe here). You can also serve the invisible cake with custard, a vanilla ice cream scoop or a bit of whipped cream.

Easy invisible apple cake - Lilie Bakery

Possible variations for this recipe

To enhance this recipe, and give it a nice fall taste, add a touch of cinnamon invisible apple cake powder.

Instead of apples or in addition to apples (doing half and half), add pears sliced.

Other recipes to try

If you like apple desserts, then I advise you to take a look at these other recipes from the blog:

If you make this invisible apple cake, be sure to rate the recipe below and tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your beautiful cakes!

Invisible apple cake recipe - Lilie Bakery
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4.9 on 44 votes

Invisible Apple Cake

A fondant cake full of fruit with thin slices of apple, almost “invisible”… Serve with a delicious salted butter caramel for dessert!
Prep time25 minutes
Cook time50 minutes
Total1 time 15 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cake
Yield: 8 slices


Invisible apple cake

  • 1 kg whole apples type pink lady or approximately 6 apples
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 85 g granulated sugar
  • 30 g melted and warmed sweet butter
  • 140 g whole milk at room temperature
  • 2 cc natural vanilla extract
  • 110 g flour T45
  • 2 cc baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt



  • Preheat the oven to 200° traditional heat. Butter and flour a 27x10cm cake tin (line with baking paper optional)
  • Peel the apples and core them. Cut each apple into quarters then pass each quarter through a mandolin to obtain 1,5-2mm slices. They should be thin but still hold together.
  • Whisk the eggs and caster sugar for about 3 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  • Separately, sift the flour and yeast then add to the dough. Mix lightly and stop as soon as you no longer see the flour.
  • Pour in the milk, vanilla, melted butter and pinch of salt then mix everything, without insisting too much, just enough to have a homogeneous dough.
  • Incorporate the apple slices with a spatula/maryse without breaking them, coating them well with the batter.
  • With a large spoon, place the coated apple pieces in the cake mold. Finish by pouring the rest of the dough on top.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or more (cooking time varies from one oven to another). Add aluminum foil on top after 40 minutes to prevent it from burning. The top should be golden brown, a little rounded, the wooden pick stuck in the center should come out without any liquid paste.
  • Leave to cool then refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours (or overnight) to give it a nice hold. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving so that it regains all its flavors. Accompany it with a salted butter caramel sauce for a delicious dessert!


This invisible apple cake will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator, in an airtight container. 
Remember to take it out 15 minutes before tasting so that it regains all its flavor.
Did you make this recipe?Tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see the result :)
5th October



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    September 30, 2023

    5 stars
    It’s magnificent, we want to take a look at the photo! I will definitely make it this week, thanks for the recipe.

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      Lilie bakery

      2th October

      Thank you very much Sandrine! I hope you will like it…

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    September 30, 2023

    To be tested as soon as possible

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    Anne Laure

    2th October

    5 stars
    L'invisible is a recipe that I often make, with apples, pears, both, or even a savory version with zucchini, but I have never made it in a cake pan... I love it! It's thicker and with the caramel...I have no more words, it's so good! Thanks for this good idea

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      Lilie bakery

      3th October

      Thank you very much Anne-Laure! It makes me really happy that you liked it! See you soon :)

  4. Reply


    8th October

    5 stars
    Recipe made today, delicious! Thank you so much :)

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      Lilie bakery

      10th October

      Thank you very much Deborah! See you soon :)

  5. Reply


    10th October

    5 stars
    Perfect recipe everyone loved this cake

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      Lilie bakery

      16th October

      Thank you Laura for your feedback! See you soon :)

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    15th October

    5 stars
    great, I'm going to add the caramel.
    Thank you

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    16th October

    5 stars
    I made it for the first time this weekend, it was exactly as in the photo, delicious, it was a huge success, with a scoop of crème brûlée-style ice cream, a treat, I will make it again

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      Lilie bakery

      16th October

      Thank you very much Catherine for your feedback! See you soon :)

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    16th October

    5 stars
    Recipe concocted this weekend to delight the whole family. The cake was a great success, thank you for this lovely sharing!

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      Lilie bakery

      19th October

      Thank you very much Dinou! See you soon :)

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    27th October

    5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday, to use up a huge amount of apples that I had been given, and both my husband and I absolutely love this. Your instructions are easy to follow, and my cake came out exactly like yours, I made the caramel sauce as well and it complements the cake beautifully. Thank you so much. I will be making this again very soon.

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      Lilie bakery

      November 2, 2023

      Thank you Toni for your feedback! See you soon on the blog :)

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    28th October

    Can I freeze invisible apple cake. Thank you for your reply

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      Lilie bakery

      November 6, 2023

      Hello Monique, yes you can freeze the invisible apple cake: whole or in individually wrapped slices. To defrost it then it is in the refrigerator, or at room temperature. See you soon :)

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    November 9, 2023

    5 stars
    Easy recipe to make, and very tasty and delicious;
    to be redone regularly during the winter.

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      Lilie bakery

      November 10, 2023

      Thank you very much Christian! See you soon :)

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    November 14, 2023

    5 stars
    Delicious, I used rum instead of vanilla, it works really well thank you

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      Lilie bakery

      November 20, 2023

      Thank you Marie-Claude! See you soon :)

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    November 16, 2023

    5 stars
    This is the first time I made an invisible cake and it was approved by the whole family! Lots of fruit and that little taste of vanilla… Yum! In addition, the final result was as in the photos, it is very aesthetic. Thank you for this recipe that I will definitely make again!

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      Lilie bakery

      November 20, 2023

      Thank you very much Astrid for your feedback! I'm happy that your loved ones liked the result :) See you soon

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    November 18, 2023

    5 stars
    I made it with chestnut flour, maple syrup and cinnamon to make it even more autumnal and it was delicious! thank you for your recipe.

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      Lilie bakery

      November 20, 2023

      Thank you Camille for your feedback! See you soon :)


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