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

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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5 from 3 votes

My Grandma's apple cake

Serves 8
Author Margherita Neri - Docli fatti in casa - Ed. Sapori, 1995


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold them into the batter.
  • If the batter is too thick, you can add a dash of warm milk.
  • Pour into a 24 cm greased and floured cake tin and arrange the sliced apples on the surface, in concentric circles.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until it is golden brown on the surface.
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  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.) 😀

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 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.

    1. 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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