My semester is almost over, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, so these days I’m mostly busy with studying for my last exam and going over the final draft of my essay one last time. But when my friend Fooke invited me over to her place last week to bake a cake together, I was hardly going to say no!
We made some tea, blasted some Queen, and baked an absolutely delicious apple cake. Seriously, it was divine, and so easy to make! We also had so much fun, which was nice, since we hadn’t been able to hang out for a while because of all the study stress. After the cake was done we were very impatient to taste it, so it was still quite warm when we had our first piece. And our second.
– 5 normal sized apples (about 650 g)
– 1 lemon (you need both the zest and the juice)
– 115 g butter, melted
– 100 g sugar
– 50 light brown caster sugar
– 150 whole wheat flour (you can use plain flour as well)
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– a pinch of salt
– For garnishing purposes: some icing sugar and some additional (very thin) strips of lemon peel
– a spring form tin — I actually have no clue how big this one was, but I think a 22 cm is the best option
– parchment paper
– and an oven, of course! This cake needs to be baked at 180 °C (don’t forget to preheat your oven!)
So, let’s get baking!
1. Prepare the apples First off, peel and core the apples, and then slice them into, well, slices. Then, you just put them in a bowl, and squeeze your lemon above it, so the slices of apple get drenched in the lemon juice. Tip: grate your lemon (for the zest) before cutting it into halves. Now, put this bowl to the side.
2. Mix everything together Put the eggs, the sugar and the lemon zest in a different bowl and mix them together nicely. Then, sieve half of the flour above the bowl, and mix it together again. Next up, add the melted butter to the mixture, and (that’s right) mix again. Now it’s time to add the second half of the flour (again, sieved), the baking powder and the salt. The last ingredient you have to add is your sliced apples. Aaand mix!
3. Bake that cake! It’s time to put everything in your spring form tin, but before you do so, you have to line the base of the tin with parchment paper, and butter the entire tin. Then, spoon your delicious mixture into the tin and put it into your preheated oven. Bake the cake for 30-40 minutes. Just check after 30 minutes if the top is nicely golden brown, and insert a skewer to check if it’s baked alright. It’s okay if it’s still a little soft and moist, that’s what makes this cake so delicious!
Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before taking it out of the tin. You can garnish it with some icing sugar and strips of lemon peel, but you don’t have to — it’s delicious (and gorgeous) either way!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoy this wonderful apple cake!