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Greek Apple Cake with Honey and Cinnamon (Milopita)

12 to 16 Servings

1½ hours plus cooling

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There are many types of apple cakes, but Greek milopita is unique in that it often is made two very Mediterranean ingredients: olive oil and yogurt. It’s a homey, rustic treat, with a moist, dense crumb studded with chunks of fruit. Our take on milopita is an easy no-mixer affair. The spicing is simple but warm, balanced by the brightness of orange, and we amp up the apple flavor by reducing apple cider to a syrup that’s used in the batter as well as a lustrous glaze on the cooled cake. Heavy cream mixed with a little Greek yogurt, sweetened with a little honey and whipped to soft peaks is a perfect accompaniment. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

12 to 16



Don’t use an apple variety that breaks down when cooked. Choose one or two that are firm and crisp, with a flavor that’s sweet-tart rather than just sugary. Honeycrisp and Gala are two widely available varieties that work well in the cake. Don’t toss the apples with sugar too far in advance or the fruit will begin to soften and release juices.

1½ hours

plus cooling


  • 1

    cup apple cider

  • 2

    3-inch strips orange zest, plus ¼ cup orange juice


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David K.
October 11, 2023
Perfect Fall Treat
We made this with freshly picked honeycrisps from Upstate NY - they were perfect. The texture is light and moist. I did add some cardamom to the syrup which gave a citrus-like complexity that everyone liked. It lasts for at least a few days.
John M.
November 17, 2022
Moist & delicious is right. Thanks to helpful commenters, I cut the sugar by 1/4 cup and used 1.5 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice to toss with the apples instead of nutmeg and cinnamon. Otherwise made as written. Thanks again, Ms. Hattabaugh and Milk Street team!
Mary O.
October 30, 2022
Amazingly moist and delicious!
Easy to make and perfect. I served with plain Greek yogurt and everyone went wild. The only things I changed was 1/4 less cup sugar and it was perfect, and I used way less than a teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg. A teaspoon would overwhelm I believe. This one is a keeper!
Michael A.
October 29, 2022
Made it warmer
Great base instructions, but we wanted larger apple pieces, and more of an apple pie/pumpkin spice flavor for fall. We tweaked accordingly and added some freshly ground cloves, wonderful cake!
Elizabeth T.
October 22, 2022
Big hit-
light and flavorful and moist all at the same time