Croatian Easy Eggless Apple Cake

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Put away your mixer because you won’t need it for this easy Croatian eggless semolina apple cake! It’s the easiest cake you’ll ever make and it’s magic! How? You don’t mix dry ingredients with anything: no eggs, milk or oil, yet the cake still comes out perfectly baked and moist. Pure magic!

 

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If you’re put off by labels, then forget that this cake can be vegan. If you’re vegan then swap the butter with margarine. Either way, you’ll get that comfort food feel without the guilt.

 

My friend Emira and I have two major things in common:
  1. We love going to the movies together for a good cry. Somehow we manage to get teary even while we watch a comedy (and not from laughing).
  2. We love food (duh). We’re always talking about food, exchanging ideas, recipes, new restaurants to visit, and we love entertaining.

 

MAGIC CAKE

 

It was Emira who gave me the recipe for this eggless cake with semolina. I have to admit, I was apprehensive. And I was stunned that I’ve never heard of this Croatian cake before. I mean, we grew up in the same city!

 

Although already busy baking all the yummy treats for the holidays (stay tuned, you’re not going to want to miss them), I had to give this cake a try pronto! Emira said it bakes perfectly. I’ll believe it when I see it, I said to myself.

 

I saw it and I believe it. It’s magic, delicious, and feeds the crowd. An easy and perfect way to use up all them apples that are still in season. You’ll also try these apple pie rolls that are to die for and because I’m a sucker for cheesecakes, give this Bavarian apple cheesecake a try. You’re more of a pie person? I’ve got this Swedish apple pie with the vanilla sauce that is absolutely divine. 🍎

 

Easy Croatian cake without the eggs

 

If you’ve never tried Croatian cuisine, this easy eggless apple cake is one to try!

 

They call it a pour cake. Why pour? Because that’s how you make it: you pour the dry ingredients into the pan and layer with grated apples. A piece of cake. And a piece of this apple cake pairs well with your morning coffee. Just saying.

 

And why stop at this apple cake? Have a Croatian dinner without the expense of traveling to Croatia (although highly recommended). Start off with roux soup, then serve meatloaf deluxe, dairy-free mashed potatoes, and Boston lettuce salad. Finish off with this amazing eggless cake! I’ll say Emira thank you for you. πŸ˜‰

 

P.S. In case you’re wondering why there are some of the same recipes in the Croatia and Bosnia category, it’s because they, as well Serbia and Slovenia were once a part of the former Yugoslavia. We share the same foods with some variations and a few exceptions. I hope you give it a try. Eat a different country at least once a month. Try new foods!

 

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This Croatian easy eggless apple cake with semolina is a must-try! Make magic by layering dry ingredients with apples to yield a delicious and moist cake.

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • It is important to use juicy apples and to reserve the juices as that is the only liquid in this recipe. Trust me, you don’t want to eat raw flour or semolina. 
  • The quickest way to grate apples is to use a food processor with the grater blade attachment.
  • If you follow instructions exactly, including the size of the baking pan, you will get a delicious, soft cake.
  • Substitute butter with margarine or coconut oil for a vegan version.
  • You can replace one cup of flour with ground nuts for even better flavor.

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for Croatian Easy Eggless Apple Cake


 

How to make Croatian Easy Eggless Apple Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel, core, and grate apples reserving the juices. Mix with 1 cup of the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, semolina, remaining cup of sugar, and baking powder.
  4. Grease 9x13x2-inch baking pan with 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour two cups of the dry mixture into the prepared pan. Layer half of the apples on top and gently even out with a spoon or an offset spatula. Top evenly with 1 1/2 cups of the dry mixture then distribute the other half of the apples with juices over it. Pour the remainder of the dry mixture over the apples. Pierce the cake with a fork. Dot with 1 1/2 stick sliced butter.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown in color. Let cool completely in the pan. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Enjoy!

 

How to layer eggless apple cake.

Delicious recipe for Croatian apple cake with semolina.

No-egg semolina apple cake recipe from Croatia.

 

Croatian Easy Eggless Apple Cake | allthatsjas.com
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Croatian Easy Eggless Apple Cake with Semolina

Make magic by layering dry ingredients with apples to yield a delicious, moist eggless cake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Croatian
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 to 3 1/2 pounds juicy apples like Fuji
  • 2 cups sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cream of wheat (semolina) quick-cooking
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 stick cold butter + 2 tablespoons at room temperature
  • Powdered sugar for dusting optional

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Peel, core, and grate apples reserving the juices. Mix with 1 cup of the sugar and cinnamon.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, semolina, remaining cup of sugar, and baking powder.
  • Grease 9x13x2-inch baking pan with 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour two cups of the dry mixture into the prepared pan. Layer half of the apples on top and gently even out with a spoon or an offset spatula. Top evenly with 1 1/2 cups of the dry mixture then distribute the other half of the apples with juices over it. Pour the remainder of the dry mixture over the apples. Pierce the cake with a fork. Dot with 1 1/2 stick sliced butter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown in color. Let cool completely in the pan. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Enjoy!

RECIPE NOTES:

~ Free Tip ~
  • It is important to use juicy apples and to reserve the juices as that is the only liquid in this recipe. Trust me, you don't want to eat raw flour or semolina.
  • The quickest way to grate apples is to useΒ a food processor with the grater blade attachment.Β 
  • If you follow instructions exactly, including the size of the baking pan, you will get a delicious, soft cake.
  • Substitute butter with margarine or coconut oil for a vegan version.Β 
  • You can replace one cup of flour with ground nuts for even better flavor.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Croatian Easy Eggless Apple Cake with Semolina
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3702 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 2100mg60%
Carbohydrates 846g282%
Fiber 24g96%
Sugar 400g444%
Protein 68g136%
Calcium 694mg69%
Iron 28mg156%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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21 Comment

  1. Reply
    goatsandgreens
    November 10, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Wow, you can’t get simpler than this! Checking to see how juicy my remaining apples are…. Thanks so much for sharing at Fiesta Friday, and have a great weekend!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      It’s really simple. But you do need juicy apples πŸ˜‰

  2. Reply
    Ron
    November 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Jas, I found your post hugely interesting and you’ll see why when I post Friday. All I’ll say is that I love similarities in food between cultures. Great recipe and one I will indeed try.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 12, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Oh, I can’t wait! πŸ˜€

  3. Reply
    kunstkitchen
    November 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Great idea for an eggless apple cake!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you much!

      1. Reply
        kunstkitchen
        November 14, 2018 at 11:10 pm

        You are welcome!

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          Jas
          November 15, 2018 at 6:12 pm

          πŸ™‚

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      Jas
      November 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  4. Reply
    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    November 13, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Apple and cinnamon are such a great combination. I love how different these are (at least here in England). Another exciting recipe, thank you xx Maria

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Oh, and add the cardamom and it’s out-of-this-world delicious! Thanks for stopping in, Maria!

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    acraftymix
    November 13, 2018 at 6:55 am

    NOw this is a cake I can probably make without burning the kitchen down or something like that πŸ˜€ And we have the juiciest little apples in the fridge too. I just have to check if we have enough and if we have that exact size baking pan thingy. Can’t wait to see my daughter’s face if I get this one right πŸ˜‰

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      LOL, “baking pan thingy”. You always crack me up, Michelle! I hope this turns out good for you. Please report back!

  6. Reply
    Annie
    November 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Oh my gosh, these are really beautiful! My little 4-year-old is a HUGE geography buff, so I think we are going to do an “around the world” birthday party for him next month and I’m bookmarking this for a snack idea!!! Thank you!

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      Jas
      November 15, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      That is very impressive for a 4-yo! I hope he likes it. Have fun taste-traveling! πŸ˜€

  7. Reply
    Sandra L. Garth (@sandraleegarth)
    November 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

    This is pretty easy to come together and I bet just as easy to eat!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Oh, way too easy to eat. Just ask my scale, ha!

  8. Reply
    Lisa
    November 18, 2018 at 9:04 am

    This sounds delicious and I’m wondering how I might adapt it for a gluten free version.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 18, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      I haven’t tested it, but I think you could use gluten-free or almond flour. There are some gluten-free cream of wheat alternatives or use ground nuts instead. Try half a batch and let me know how it turned out. πŸ˜€

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    Matthew Pavelich
    November 30, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I followed the recipe to the letter. The only swap I made was the use of vegan margarine (as noted in your recipe) because I was set to serve it to a β€œmixed” crowd. The top never browned, it never became β€œcake”, it remained grainy as semolina. It’s now set for the green bin.

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      Jas
      December 2, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Oh, no! I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you. πŸ™ I don’t think the vegan margarine is the reason, but I do wonder if semolina has something to do with it. I just checked mine in the pantry and it’s the quick-cooking one. My bad for not indicating that (fixed now), but the regular should work fine if baked longer. The texture, however, will still be somewhat grainy, as that’s just how semolina is even when completely cooked through. I’d also suggest adding a tablespoon or two of apple sauce, just in case the apples you use are not as juicy. Hope you give it another try. πŸ™‚

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