Back to basics baking: Apple Cake

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It’s January. It’s soggy and blooming miserable. And in spite of attempting to get rid of the Festive weight, I am CRAVING stodgy, warm, comforting foods. Finding the balance between having what you know is good for you and what your body is telling you you really *need right now* isn’t easy. I’ve been doing ok – with the notable exception of weekends…

This past weekend I popped home to see the family, which was a good excuse to bake! (Although there was already a bit of a surplus of cake! Mmmmm, variety!) This apple cake went down a treat, and was incredibly moist. It was sufficiently stodgy to satisfy my craving, but I can’t say it was healthy…!

Dorset Apple Cake

Ingredients

  • 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 450g Bramley apples
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 225g caster sugar, plus extra for dredging
  • 3 large eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease a deep 23-24cm springform cake tin and line with baking paper. Peel, core and cut the apples into 1cm pieces, and toss with the lemon juice.

2. Using an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, adding a little flour with each addition to keep the mixture smooth.

3. Sift the remaining flour and the baking powder into the bowl and fold in with the ground almonds. Drain the apple pieces well, then stir into the mixture.

4. Spoon into the prepared cake tin, lightly level the top and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until well-risen, brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the cake starts to look a little too brown, cover with a sheet of baking paper after about 45 minutes.

5. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate. Dredge heavily with the extra caster sugar. Cut the cake into generous wedges and serve warm with a spoonful of clotted cream, if you like.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by afracooking on 29/01/2013 at 21:29

    Ach, fruit is always good for you 😉 and this cake looks fabulous!

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  2. Thanks 🙂 The family were all making happy chewing noises and sneakily cutting seconds, so I think this one is a hit!

    Reply

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