How To Make Gâteau Invisible (Invisible Apple Cake)-Japanese Taste

How To Make Gâteau Invisible (Invisible Apple Cake)

by Ayako Kidokoro

Apple French-Inspired Fall Winter Cake Fruit Easy Holiday Recipe

Apples are famous as the national fruit of both Argentina and Germany. But did you know that Japan is often hailed for having the most delicious apples in the world?

Aomori-made apples are deemed the 'World’s Best Apples.' Their quality is unparalleled, with perfect color, shape, and sweetness.

We'd like to introduce one of the best apple cake recipes: Gateau Invisible. Originating from France, it took Japanese social media by storm in 2017 due to its photogenic appearance.

Gateau Invisible translates to 'invisible cake' because, when baked, the apples seem to blend into the cake, becoming 'invisible.'

Made with simple ingredients like eggs, milk, flour, and sliced fruits, this eye-catching cake is perfect for entertaining guests. The apple juices soak into the dough, providing moisture. Although it resembles a butter cake, it has a more refreshing taste due to the abundance of apples.

It also pairs well with jam or ice cream. While you can enjoy it warm, it's easier to remove from the mold when cooled, offering a moister texture.

If you have leftovers, cover and refrigerate the cake for up to 3 days or tightly wrap it in plastic and freeze for about two weeks. Defrost naturally 2-3 hours before serving.

Ideal for entertaining guests during dinner or coffee, this easy and visually stunning dessert is sure to impress!


Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 50 mins

Total time: 60 mins

Total servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

  • 3 Apples, about 600g (preferably sweet types, such as Fuji or Gala apples)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 70 g Sugar
  • 60 g All-Purpose Flour
  • 60 ml Milk
  • 50 g Melted Butter
  • Sliced Almonds (optional for decoration)
  • Powdered Sugar (optional for decoration)

Expert's Tip

How To Make Gâteau Invisible (Invisible Apple Cake)

Slicing apples with a knife can be time-consuming, but with a slicer, it becomes quick and easy! The best part is that you can adjust the thickness to 0.5mm, 1.0mm, or 2.0mm, allowing you to create perfect layers effortlessly.


1) Gathering the Ingredients and Recipe Preparations

Preheat the oven to 170°C (338°F).

Gather the ingredients together.

Sift the flour. Line a 20 x 11.5 x 7.5cm (7.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 inches) loaf mold with parchment paper.

2) Melting the Butter

Place the butter in a small pot and melt it over low heat.

3) Mixing the Cake Batter Ingredients Together

In a medium bowl, combine sugar and eggs, mixing with a whisk. Then add the flour, melted butter, and milk, and mix well until fully combined.

4) Slicing the Apples

Peel the apples and remove the core. Slice them into approximately 2mm thickness using a slicer and add them into a bowl. 

Tip: If you don’t have a slicer, you can slice the apples with a knife.

5) Mixing the Apples into the Cake Batter

Pour the batter into the large bowl with the apples and mix thoroughly to ensure the apples are well coated.

6) Transferring the Batter into the Loaf Pan

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle sliced almonds on top for an optional touch.

7) Baking the Cake

Place the cake in the preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes. 

To check if the cake is done baking, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake. If the batter does not stick to the skewer, it is completely baked. 

8) Decorating with Powdered Sugar

When the cake cools down, remove the parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and enjoy!

Tip: The cake is easier to cut when completely cool.

Recommended products for this recipe


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published