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  • Writer's pictureLisa Nell

An Apple Cake A Day...

It's at this time of the year that we're faced with an abundance of apples and if you're like me, you're always thinking of new baking ideas. I came across a recipe of rather than slicing apples or using apple puree you can slice the apple into quarters and then slice into the quarter without cutting all the way through. I thought it looked rather pretty!

For this recipe you will need a 20cm cake tin, lined. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC Fan.


Ingredients:

3 Apples (peeled, cored and cut into quarters)

1/2 Lemon (zest and juice)

125g Granulated Sugar

130g. Unsalted Butter (room temperature)

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Eggs

190g Plain Flour

2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Demerara Sugar


How I make my Apple Cake:

  1. Line your cake tin and pre-heat your oven.

  2. Take your apple quarters and thinly slice into each quarter without cutting all the way through - so it is still basically hinged together. Set aside.

  3. In a bowl, grate your lemon zest and add the sugar and butter. Using an electric hand held mixer or stand mixer, cream together the ingredients until light and fluffy.

  4. Add in the vanilla extract and one egg. Mix well.

  5. Add in the second egg and mix until combined. Add in the third and final egg and mix until combined.

  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Finally, add in the lemon juice and give the batter a final mix with a spoon.

  7. Spoon the mixture into your prepared cake tin and then add the apples. Press them into the batter with the 'core' side down. You should be able to fill the entire tin with the apples. If you do have any leftover, dot them into any gaps.

  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes. My cake took about 37 minutes. You. can tell if your cake is done by inserting a skewer into the batter (not the apple!) and it comes out clean.

  9. Leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack.

  10. Goes really well with cream, ice cream or even a dollop of lemon curd or blackberry and apple compote! Cup of tea essential though!

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