Torta di Mele

Torta di mele with buttermilk, honey, almond and lemon

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Torta di mele is a rich and delicious Italian apple cake. This version is made with ground almonds, honey, and lemon for a flavorful treat. See the section above for making a gluten-free cake!


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  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup ground almonds (almond flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested (add the zest, not the juice)
  • 2 apples


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F (180 C).
  2. Following the muffin method, mix the cake batter together (leaving the apples aside). 
  3. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  4. Pour half cake batter into a prepared 8-inch cake pan. Cover the cake batter with half of the apples arranged in a thin layer.
  5. Pour the remaining cake mixture on top. Then decorate the top with the remaining apples. 
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes. The cake is finished when a cake tester comes out clean and the apples are browning.


  • This recipe works with either gluten-free flour or wheat flour. See the section above for converting this into a gluten-free recipe.
  • Though this recipe calls for buttermilk, you could use milk kefir, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
  • If the cake is not sweet enough, dust with icing sugar prior to serving.

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