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Simple Apple and Quince Cake Recipe

Why Make This Recipe

Quince cake on old fashioned plate. More cupcakes in the background on cooling rack. Apple and quince fruit in background

If you want to make a unique dessert, why not try a quince cake? Start by stewing your quince fruit with some apples to bring out its natural sweetness. This quince recipe is simple but delightful. You'll love how the cooked quince pairs with the dense, moist cake.

Quince: The Underrated Fall/Autumn Fruit

Quinces are often overlooked, but this fall/autumn fruit is versatile and delicious. Unlike apples and pears, eating quince raw is uncommon due to its tough and sour nature. But, when you poach the quince (or stew), it transforms into a sweet and fragrant treat perfect for baking.

Upside-Down Cake Variation 

For a twist on traditional cakes, consider an upside-down quince cake. Put chopped quince at the bottom of your pan. Then, pour the batter on top. This creates a beautiful and tasty presentation. Don't forget to line the bottom with parchment paper to ensure easy removal.

Apple and Quince Cake Recipe



Stewed Fruit Preparation

1 medium quince

2 medium apples (any) 

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon 

2 dashes (sprinkles) of nutmeg (optional)

For the Cake


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted vegan butter, room temperature or unsweetened apple sauce

1 cup granulated sugar

2 flax ‘eggs’ (mix 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water, let sit for 15 minutes)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup plant-based milk (any)

Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)




Prepare the Quince


Peel, core, and cut the quinces and apples into small pieces.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the quince slices with sugar, water, vanilla extract, and spices. Bring to a simmer.

Cook until the apples and quinces are tender, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.


Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Pan


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan. Or prepare cupcake liners on a cupcake tin.


Make the Cake Batter


In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

In another large bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Cream the butter, or add apple sauce. 


Add flax eggs. Do this one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract, stewed fruit and milk.

Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. Mix until just combined.


Assemble the Cake


Pour the batter into your cake tin, or spoon it into the cupcake liners. 




Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes. Test with a toothpick inserted into the centre and make sure it comes out clean.


Overhead shot of quince cup cakes on cooling rack. Coffee and fruit on the table

Cool and Serve


Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto a wire rack. Allow the cake to cool completely.

If you like, dust with powdered sugar before serving. 


This quince cake will have a denser, moister texture and the unique sweet-tart flavour of the quince, making it a delightful treat for any occasion.

Reader Interactions

We love hearing from our readers! Have you tried making a quince cake or any other quince recipes? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below. Your reader interactions help us all learn new ways to enjoy this favourite fall fruit.


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