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Empire Apples

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Learn more information about the Empire Apple (Malus 'Empire'), including a couple helpful recipes!

Information on Empire Apples

The empire apple seed is a cross between two classic North American apples; McIntosh apples and Red delicious apples! Empire apples were created in 1945 at Cornell University in Geneva, New York. It is named one of the top 15 apples in North America, thanks to its crunchy, sweet taste. Empire apples ripen during September and October. The flesh of the apple is white, juicy and firm, making this an ideal apple for baking. Empire apples are great for taking on the go as they do not bruise easily, and taste delicious. Salads, sauces and pies, this apple can do it all!

Spinach Apple Salad Recipe


6 cups mix of baby spinach and arugula

1 Empire apple

1 cup walnuts (chopped)

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 cup poppy seed salad dressing


  1. Core apple. Slice apple into 1 inch wide pieces.

  2. Get a large bowl and toss together spinach/arugula, apple pieces, walnuts, feta cheese, and cranberries.

  3. Drizzle poppy seed dressing over top the salad, and enjoy!

Empire Apple Cinnamon Upside Cake Recipe


10 tablespoons unsalted butter (separate 2 tbsp and 8 tbsp)

1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 empire apples

1 tbsp lemon juice (squeezed or store bought)

1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Coat bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan, and sprinkle all brown sugar on the bottom

  3. Peel and core apples, cut into 1-inch wide slices. Toss apple pieces in a bowl with lemon juice

  4. Place apple slices in circles on top of the brown sugar (you may not use all apple pieces)

  5. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt

  6. In a separate bowl beat 8 tbsp butter with white sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until smooth. Add in vanilla extract

  7. With mixer on low, add in half flour mixture. Add in milk. Add in the other half of the flour mixture

  8. Pour batter into cake pan on top of apples, smooth out the top. Bake for 45 - 55 minutes, use toothpick to see if it's done.

  9. Cool for 45 minutes. Run a knife along the edges of pan. Use a large plate and flip the cake pan upside down on the plate. Enjoy!

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