We finally made the so wanted apple cake!
Read the Lemon cake post to know the adventures around this cake.
I really like apples. No, I looove apples. If I could I would eat apples all day long. But I find it annoying to bite into them and cutting them, so when the Big Man cuts apple wedges I tend to eat them all when he isn't looking.
I've always wanted to make an apple tart, I've made apple compote, apple sauce.. and that's probably it. But I have eaten a lot of apple tarts and my favourite : Tarte Tatin (which one day I will make or try to make!). So I thought "an apple cake sounds good! I like cake and I like apples. I can make things with apples and I can't make cakes. 50% chance of going well is better than no chance at all so let's make an apple cake!".
As I explained on my previous post, I got this Mary Berry Fast Cakes book as a Christmas present, so this is based on the recipe from the book.
Be ready! You will be amazed how easy and how amazing this cake is! We were so proud of ourselves!
Now, the recipe asks for almond essence, I think almond essence is way to strong so we didn't use it and replaced it with some ground cinnamon.
It says as well the cake should be turned upside down, probably because it looks better that way but I find the crusty top and the rustic look made it more homely.
Here is what you need:
450 g cooking apples
175 g self-raising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
175 g caster sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
100 g butter, melted
icing sugar to sprinkle over
Heat the oven to 180 degrees/160Fan and line with greased greaseproof paper an 8inch loose-bottomed cake tin. The cake sticks to the tin so it is quite hard to turn over, make sure it is well lined and well greased. You can peel off the paper once it has cooled down or serve it with the paper if you don't want to spoil the top of the cake.
Peel, core and thinly slice the apples and soak them in water so they don't turn brown. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon with the beaten eggs and the melted butter until well combined.
Spread half the mixture in the tin. The mixture will be quite hard and hard to spread, you can try spreading it with a silicon spatula to help.
Dry the apples and arrange them all on top of the mixture, top it with the rest of the cake mixture and smooth it as much as possible, it doesn't matter if some of the apples show.
Bake the cake for 1h and 15minutes, until it is golden. Let it cool for 15 minutes, take it out of the tin and sprinkle with some icing sugar.
Because the apples are moist, this cake is best eaten on the day as it might make the top a bit soggy, but still deliciously tasty.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!