“We’re having a morning tea at work on Friday and I told everyone about the yummy apple cake you make. Could you please make one for me to take?” my fiancé asked.
I said yes, of course. I love baking and in fact, while we were on our holiday overseas it was one of the things I missed.
This apple cake is the ultimate in simplicity – you don’t even need to cream butter and sugar. Simply mix everything together and then slice a large apple and place it on top along with some demerara sugar. It couldn’t be simpler. In fact, it’s a great cake to make with children, not only due to it’s simplicity, but also because it doesn’t require a long attention span.
It’s up to you what fruit you decide to use as the topping. The only thing you should keep in mind is that the heavier the fruit, the more likely it is that it will sink into the cake during baking. Some great combinations to try are blueberry, pear, fig, peach and raspberry. You could try individual fruits or a combination, the choice is yours.
Do you have group morning teas at work?
By the way, I’ve submitted my apple cake recipe and a couple of my recipes for the Lurpak Challenge. To vote for this Apple Cake click here. To vote for my Chocolate Quinoa Pear & Plum Crumble click here and for my Cauliflower Sformato click here. Voting ends on the 10th of July 2011 at 11:59PM AEST and you can vote once per day until the deadline. Thank you!!
- 1 cup of self raising flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup of ground almonds (almond meal)
- 2/3 cup of caster sugar
- 120g of softened butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 large apple, cored and sliced
- 2 tablespoons of demerara sugar
- Preheat the oven for 160 degrees Celsius (325 Fahrenheit) and prepare a 20cm springform cake tin.
- In a electric mixer, with a paddle attachment fitted, add all of the ingredients except the apple and demerara sugar and mix until just combined. Pour the mixture into the springform tin.
- Top with the sliced apple and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked through.