An apple cake for Dario’s Food styling and food photography workshop

Date ottobre 18, 2011

A slice of apple cake resting on a rustic table, the inviting smell of sugar and butter warmed up by a ray of sunshine… Yeah, you would presume that this is the natural light of an arched window overlooking the hills in front of Casole, right? Well, no, this photo was taken during Dario Milano‘s food styling and food photography workshop, which was held last Saturday at the Verrocchio Art Centre. And I was using artificial lighting

An illuminating day, it is appropriate to say. Dario’s professionalism, enthusiasm, generosity and curiosity of Darius have charmed our group of foodbloggers, foodies and photographers. We were completely in awe.

A few shots to describe emotionally a day of discovery, friendship and inspiration.

It was amazing to see through Dario’s eyes, to understand how to make real an image, working on the details, on the mathematical ratio between exposure, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Thanks to all the participants, you made the day: Emiko, Sarah, Valeria, Jasmine, Elisa, Rossella, Cecilia, Lara, Fausto, Paola, Chiara, Roberta and Francesco.

And now the recipe for my Grandma’s apple cake: we spent the whole day looking at the apple cake slice from all the perspectives, with natural light and artificial lightning, I should at least give you the recipe!

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My Grandma's apple cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
You'll need
  • 4 apples
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 170 g of sugar
  • 150 g of butter
  • 200 g of flour
  • 1 packet of baking powder (17 g)
  • milk
How to make it
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel and core the apples. Dice two of them and slice the rest of the apples. Put the diced and sliced apple into two different bowls and season them with a tablespoon of sugar, the juice and the grated peel of one lemon.
  3. Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until creamy, then stir in the melted butter and gradually mix in the flour sifted with the baking powder. Stir in the diced apples.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold them into the batter.
  5. If the batter is too thick, you can add a dash of warm milk.
  6. Pour into a 24 cm greased and floured cake tin and arrange the sliced apples on the surface, in concentric circles.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until it is golden brown on the surface.


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28 Responses to “An apple cake for Dario’s Food styling and food photography workshop”

  1. Rosa said:

    A fabulous cake! I wish I could attend to such a photography workshop. So interesting.




  2. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen said:

    Beautiful Juls. I wish I could be at one of those workshops too. Love the cake and picture as well!


  3. Sue/the view from great island said:

    The photo workshop looks like it was amazing, what a beautiful space. You did a great job photographing the apple cake, I can’t believe it’s artificial light!


  4. Tina@flourtrader said:

    How I would have loved to have been there. Sounds like the workshop was very worthwhile.
    Great props and lovely photo of the apple cake. It looks delicious!


  5. Jessica | Oh Cake said:

    Peccato che non abito piu’ in Italia! Anch’io vorrei seguire un corso come quello. Che belle foto!


  6. Joy said:

    It looks like a great workshop. Wonderful recipe.


  7. The Food Hunter said:

    I made an apple cake this weekend. It’s that time of year. Looks like this was a great class.


  8. Zita said:

    Wow! It is an amazing workshop and a delicous apple cake! Yum! Hope, we’ll bake something similar or this next week! :)


  9. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said:

    What a delicious looking cake.

    I find it funny to see everyone photographing food on the floor. The things people do to get such beautiful looking photos.


  10. Valerie said:

    I’m drooling over that apple cake, the photo workshop, and all those fancy cameras! (My point and shoot had to avert it’s eyes for a few minutes.) :D

    This cake look sublime. You can’t beat sugar, butter, and apples for fall!


  11. Ann said:

    The cake is stunning and your photos are a feast for the eyes. I’m glad you enjoyed the classes!


  12. Edwina said:

    Fantastic post. I wish I had known about this course. Any opportunity to combine Italy, food and photography will make me move heaven and earth to be there.


  13. Denise @ TLT said:

    Gorgeous picture and it looks and sounds like such an interesting and educational workshop!


  14. Ali said:

    I would have loved to be in one of those workshops. The pie looks so delicious. Great photo


  15. Sandra's Easy Cooking said:

    Looks like wonderful workshop, and beautiful photos of course..Apple cake sound and look amazingly delicious…Great recipe for sure!!
    Have a beautiful day..
    ciao bella


  16. Liz said:

    Stunning photos! What a fun experience! And your cake looks amazing, too…I adore apple desserts. Congrats on the well deserved Top 9 today :)


  17. Julie at Burnt Carrots said:

    Your photos are beautiful and I cannot believe that you are using artificial light. The apple cake looks amazing too! I just might have to make it for Thanksgiving!


  18. Lola said:

    Congratulation on today’s top 9 Foodbuzz, Great picture and delicious cake!


  19. mjskit said:

    Looks like your grandmother was one heck of a baker! This is an apple pie recipe that really appeals to my taste. I’m not a big crust person, so this recipe is perfect for me. It’s been saved. I can see why it made the Top 9! Congrats! You photo is beautiful. Looks like a fun workshop!


  20. nipponnin said:

    I like the photographs. You did a great job. I would like to take the food photograph class too. That could be so much fun.The apple cake looks delicious. Congratulations on top 9!


  21. the yummyblogsisters said:

    inspiring! and the cake looks yummy too!


  22. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) said:

    This is so fun! I really want to take a food photography workshop…I just need to fit it in somehow….


  23. Chef and Steward said:

    Nice to meet you. I love the last photo of the slice of cake. It is great how a workshop can inspire us to really get to the next level.


  24. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said:

    What a lovely apple cake! And, that looks like such a fun workshop. Loved seeing all of your photos.


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  26. Elisa said:

    Hi Juls,

    I’m thinking of doing Dario’s workshop here in Melbourne but have no prior experience in either food styling or photography! Just played around with my iphone and love taking pics of my baked creations. Would you still recommend it? It’s a 5 hour workshop.


    Juls @ Juls' Kitchen Risposta:

    Hi Elisa, Dario’s workshop was extraordinary, I learnt a lot. Even though at the beginning, I absolute recommend it, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll become even more passionate about photography.
    Say hi to Dario!


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