Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

The Papa here is Francois Payard's father and the cake requires a bit of effort but the results make the effort worthwhile. Prep time does not include cooling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Center a rack in the oven and pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and flour an 8" x 4" x 2 and 1/2" loaf pan and fit a piece of parchment paper across the bottom of the pan, allowing an extra inch or two to drape over the opposite ends (this will allow for easy removal of the cake).
  3. Plump the raisins in a little boiling water, drain them well and place them to soak with a tablespoon of the rum.
  4. Cut one apple into 12 wedges and set aside.
  5. Cut the other apple into 8 wedges and then cut each of the 8 wedges in half crosswise and set aside.
  6. Sift together the flour and baking powderand set aside.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is smooth.
  8. Slowly add one cup of the sugar and beat until creamy.
  9. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until mixture is well belnded.
  10. Fold the sifter flour mixture into the egg mixture just until blended.
  11. Fold the rasins into the batter.
  12. Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  13. Lay the 12 apple wedges down the center of the pan so that their sides touch and the domed side of each wedge is on top (there will be a thin strip of exposed batter on each side).
  14. Spoon the rest of the batter over and around the apples and again smooth the top.
  15. Arrange the halved apple slices in a single row along each long side of the pan, pressing the center cut sides of the apples against the sides of the pan.
  16. There will be two rows of apple slices, with their points towards the center of the pan, and exposed batter in the center.
  17. Gently push the apples into the batter, leaving the top of the apples exposed (mixture in the center of the pan will be slightly shallower than the sides).
  18. Let rest for ten minutes.
  19. Place pan in the oven and bake for ten minutes; using a sharp knife cut a slit down the center of the batter to help it rise evenly.
  20. Continue to bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (another 40 to 50 minutes).
  21. Remove cake from oven and turn off oven.
  22. Gently brush the warm apricot jam over the hot cake and allow glaze to dry for five minutes.
  23. While the glaze is drying, combine the 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of rum and the 1/3 cup of confectioners' sugar in a small pan and warm over low heat, stirring until the icing is smooth.
  24. Brush the icing over the dried apricot glaze and return the cake, in its pan to the still warm oven just until the rum icing is dry--about two minutes.
  25. Place the cake, in its pan, on a rack until it cools to room temperature (keeping it in its pan will keep the cake moist).
  26. To remove the cake from the pan, lift it by the edges of the parchment paper, carefully remove the paper, and transfer to a platter.
Most Helpful

I found this recipe on a Google search for 'Francois Payard's Apple Cake'. The recipe for his father's Apple Cake is in his book titled 'Simply Sensational Desserts'. The book describes the recipe as his father's recipe that he sells at his bakery in France. Over 100 a day! But the weird thing is, the recipe ingredient amounts are different from this recipe's ingredients. The picture in the book shows the confectioners sugar but the recipe in the book does not make mention of it at all. The instructions in the book are identical to the instructions for this recipe.<br/><br/>So I don't know what to think. Which recipe is the real Francois Payard's father's Apple Cake? Does it matter? Probably not.

Marie Nixon April 15, 2013

This is an excellent pound cake, the prep time for this cake requires some extra time but well worth the effort. I will make this again, it is wonderful! thanks Chef Kate!...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz April 05, 2006

We thought this was exceptional. I did have to use Gala apples as the store didn't have Fugi. I subbed apple jam for the apricot, but otherwise, followed exact. Instructions are detailed and bake time was right on (40 minutes). I do think this is a "labor intensive" cake and I'm not absolutely sure that the whole layering and precise placement of the apples was necessary, but why mess with a good thing? The end results were worth it and it looks stunning when sliced. NOTE: If you can wait, let it sit overnight and then try's twice as good!

Karen=^..^= January 24, 2006