This beautiful Apple Strudel Cake is a fun take on the classic Apple Strudel dessert, filled with a deliciously spiced apple cranberry filling.

Apple Strudel Cake | | This beautiful Apple Strudel Cake is a fun take on the classic Apple Strudel dessert, filled with a deliciously spiced apple cranberry filling.

Guess what?!

It’s somebody’s birthday!

Guess who?!



So! You know how you feel 21 until you’re in a room with a bunch of 21-year olds, and you now know you’re definitely not 21?!

Yeah. That’s what’s up.

Swear! I was like, “heeeeeey who cares! Welcome 36!! pssssht! BUT, I feel 23, and that’s what’s important!!” And then, over the weekend, a bunch of 21-year olds were in my face and I was all, like, “get me out of here!!! They are SO… 21!!!”

Also? My head and my neck hurt like hell the following day because I had 2 Tequila shots. 2! At 23-years old I was able to down 10 and walk away, sober. Now?! Um. Not so much.

I’ll just stick to my White Sangria – hasn’t resulted in a hangover, yet.

You know what else doesn’t result in a hangover?! CAKE!

Apple Strudel Cake | | This beautiful Apple Strudel Cake is a fun take on the classic Apple Strudel dessert, filled with a deliciously spiced apple cranberry filling.

This cake recipe took some contemplation on my part. I know it doesn’t fall into the typical birthday-cake category, but I’m also not your typical girl, either.

Thus, in true Katerina fashion, this, actually, is my kinda cake!

Don’t get me wrong. I do love me some beautiful, frosted, layered cakes, but I can really appreciate something a tad bit different. Like last year’s French Silk Tart. LOVE that stuff!

This Apple Strudel Cake also spells out comfort. Apples, cranberries, and cinnamon nestled in between layers of crispy, flaky, sweet phyllo sheets … ah, be still my heart.  It’s so good that when one slice decided to slip off and fall on the floor, I picked it up and swallowed it whole! Like, in one bite. And no 10-second rule. Other than that, it’s pretty much AMAZING. In fact, it’s CAPS-LOCK-WORTHY-AMAZING!

Apple Strudel Cake | | This beautiful Apple Strudel Cake is a fun take on the classic Apple Strudel dessert, filled with a deliciously spiced apple cranberry filling.

Now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my birthDAY!


P.S. You know what sucks about not being 21? Memory loss. I forgot to hit the “schedule” button on this post – you should have received this 12 hours ago. Oh well! It’s still my birthday! :-D

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This beautiful Apple Strudel Cake is a fun take on the classic Apple Strudel dessert, filled with a deliciously spiced apple cranberry filling.
Serves: Serves 8 to 10
  • butter for cake pan
  • 1 sleeve phyllo sheets (about 20 phyllo sheets), divided
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 3 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • lemon zest of 1 whole lemon
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Butter an 8-inch springform pan on the bottom and up the sides; set aside.
  3. Combine apple juice and craisins in a small bowl; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and butter.
  5. Stir in apple juice and craisins.
  6. Mix until well combined.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Unfold phyllo sheets.
  9. Place a phyllo sheet in the bottom of the prepared cake pan.
  10. Brush with melted butter, folding in the sides of the phyllo sheet so to fit the pan. Do not fold the sides before brushing the sheet with butter because, if dry, it will break.
  11. Top with nine more sheets, brushing each sheet with melted butter before adding the next.
  12. As you work, keep the unused stack of phyllo sheets covered so they don't dry up.
  13. Spread the apple mixture over the phyllo sheets.
  14. Top with remaining 10 phyllo sheets, tucking in each sheet around the apple mixture.
  15. Brush each sheet with melted butter, including the top sheet.
  16. Sprinkle top phyllo sheet with raw sugar.
  17. Bake for 32 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  18. Let cool before removing ring from cake pan.
  19. Cut and serve.


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  1. Laura Dembowski January 25, 2014 at 7:22 AM - Reply

    This looks delicious! I love any apple dessert. Happy belated birthday! I just turned 24 and I already feel like I’m forgetting things and I can’t drink much of anything without feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck.

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday, gorgeous! As for this cake, I am in love – the cran-apple filling is divine!

  3. Crystal January 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you enjoy your day :)

  4. Kirsten January 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday! I can’t tell you how many decades it’s been since I’ve had a shot of tequila–so I admire your youthful exuberance ;) !

  5. Auntiepatch January 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM - Reply

    Love this recipe! And Happy Birthday!

  6. Erin | The Law Student's Wife January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Don’t you love being a food blogger so that you can make yourself whatever giant, over the top cake you feel like? All in a day’s work :-) Seriously, this is goregous. I want to face plant into those flakey layers!

  7. Valerie January 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    Happy belated Birthday, Katerina! I think 30-something is the new 20-something, yes? :D

    Love this gorge apple strudel cake!!

  8. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM - Reply

    Happy Birthday beautiful!! I life life this cake. So special and unique…just like you!! And boy don’t i wish I could be 21 again? But now they just are so loud everytime I’m around them lol! I hope you had a great day with lots of sangria :)

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    This cake is like the cake of my dreams. Wow it looks so flaky and gorgeous! You are killing me Katerina!!

  10. Terry January 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM - Reply


  11. Ellen January 21, 2014 at 4:27 AM - Reply

    Happy birthday!! Have am extra slice of cake for me, and I’ll do a shot for you;)

  12. easyfoodsmith January 21, 2014 at 2:52 AM - Reply

    Belated Birthday greetings Katerina!
    Your fun take on strudel is certainly wonderful and looks so inviting. Very creative indeed.

  13. Deanna January 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday! This reminds me of apple turnovers but better!

    You’re good, I can’t even handle one tequila shot anymore let alone two! You still got it :-)

  14. DessertForTwo January 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday, gorgeous! I’m so glad you celebrated with tequila. Isn’t it crazy how our tolerance decreases? Embarrassingly, I used to be able to drink a bottle of wine by myself throughout an evening. Now? Two glasses and I’m TOAST and hating myself the next day. I guess this is part of wising up?

    Anyway, have a fantastic day!

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life January 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday!!!! This is one heck of a cake to celebrate with! It is down right gorgeous. I would eat a slice off the floor too :-)

  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday!!!!!! Loving this cake! I love apple strudel and making it into a cake – geeeeeeniusssss!!!!

  17. Medeja January 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday!

    Can I get a slice of that cake, please? :D looks so yummy!

  18. Tonia January 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM - Reply

    Happy 36th! I totally understand about the feeling younger than you are. The non-traditional birthday cake looks amazing.

  19. A_Boleyn January 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM - Reply

    Congratulations birthday girl.

    Lovely take on combining an apple strudel with a baklava.

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