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Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Autumn brings the harvest and with it a plentiful supply of apples. I never refuse the offer of surplus apples but I then spend more time baking.

This recipe has chunks of sweet apple in a moist cake and can be eaten any time, with a cup of coffee or after lunch – a friend and I very much looked forward to it as a ‘reward’ after our cycle ride 😊  It’s also very easy to make.

Notes: I use plant milk to make the recipe vegan but you can use cow’s milk if you prefer.

Dessert apples are sweeter but cooking apples can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • 250 ml plant milk
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • 150 g sugar
  • 300 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 apples in the mix – peeled, cored and diced into small chunks

For the top of the cake:

  • 1 apple peeled, cored and made into thin apples slices for the top of the cake – you can omit this decoration if you prefer
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Method:

  1. Put oven on to 350 F or 180 C
  2. Line a 7 or 8 inch round cake tin with greaseproof paper, baking parchment or a cake liner
  3. Put the milk, oil and sugar into a bowl and mix well
  4. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into the mix and mix and beat well
  5. Add the chopped apples and stir well
  6. Pour the mix into tin – it’s quite sticky so use a spatula to get all the mix out of the bowl
  7. Arrange the apple slices to decorate the top of the mixture and sprinkle two tablespoons sugar over the apple
  8. Bake in oven at 180 degrees C for about an hour then do the skewer test as follows:

Insert a clean skewer into the middle of the cake and then remove it. If the skewer comes out clean then the cake is ready. If there are any crumbs or cake mix on the skewer, put the cake back into the oven for a further five minutes or so then test again. Depending upon the type of oven you have the cooking time can vary even when they are set to the same temperature so do repeat this test until the skewer comes out clean.

Leave the cake to cool then enjoy😊

Cut into 12 slices it’s about 200 calories per slice

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