Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Vanilla Apple Cake

I baked this as part of the Sweet and Simple Bake's Bake of the Month.

The black stuff that you see in the cake is the black sweet cherries which I had from the previous bake.

This is essentially a basic butter/vanilla cake recipe, with apple toppings. I made this in a new silicon bundt cake pan.


Vanilla Apple Cake
Recipe is from Sweet and Simple Bake, of course!

250g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g golden caster sugar (I used 200g normal caster sugar)
4 eggs, beaten
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 small Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges (or any other type of cooking apple, if not apple of your choice)
2 tbsp Demerara sugar (or any other brown or white granulated sugar)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.

  2. Butter a 20cm/8” springform tin, then line the base with baking paper.
  3. Beat the caster sugar and butter together until the mixture turns pale and fluffy.

  4. Add the eggs, flour and vanilla extract, then beat together quickly to make a smooth batter. Tip into the prepared tin, then lay the apple wedges on top, poking them halfway into the mix. Don’t worry if the apples appear crowded – they’ll shrink as they cook.

  5. Sprinkle with the Demerara and cinnamon, then bake for 1 hour 5 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the sponge is risen and golden.

  6. Leave to cool for a few mins, then release the tin and cool the cake completely on a wire rack.

    Demerara is a type of unrefined sugar with a large grain, that is popular in Britain. it is normally brown in color—the natural color of cane sugar. Demerara has a coarse texture due to its large crystals. You can substitute Demerara with any type of brown sugar or white.


If you use a good quality butter, you will be rewarded with a rich buttery aroma during baking! Yummy!


Jin Hooi said...

Awww.. urs looks so yummy!! hmm.. wonder why mine turned out so ugly ;-))

Chawanmushi said...

I must agree with you that the cake is yummy and the recipe is a keeper :-)

natalia said...

Ciao ! I like your cake ! I think I'll make it again and maybe I will add some prunes like you did with the cherries !

Rosie said...

One very delicious looking cake and the sponge looks so fluffy and moist :)

Many thanks to you for partaking in this month’s bake and I hope you will join us again :)

Hugs Rosie x

Maria said...

Your cake looks great!

Thanks for taking part and hope you will join is again.


Nickki said...

Hi, your cake looks lovely! What a great idea to add cherries. I agree with you about the butter, it is definitely worth using good quality butter for this recipe.

Lisa said...

Very nice!

Cookie said...

Hiu guys,

I'm really pleased to get to know all of you from this bake, and appreciate your kinds words - it means alot for a novice baker like me!

I've enjoyed ogling at your wonderful creation; keep it up :-)


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