Feb 14, 2014

Very apple cake


This apple cake, I can't get enough of. Just like I can't get enough of apples...

Recipe adapted from Cafe Fernanado 
time: 10 min preparation + 90 min baking apples + 50 min baking cake + 30 min cooling

 ingredients 
for apple puree (click for the recipe); can be prepared a day ahead
2 kg (4 1/2 lbs) apples, preferably tart with a tight flesh
for cake
2 cups (300 g) regular flour OR, what I used: 2 cups (240 g) whole spelt flour
2 teaspoons (8 g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (2 g) fine salt
1 3/4 stick (200 g) butter, room temperature 
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1 vanilla bean, split in half and seeds removed
1 teaspoon (3 g) ground cinnamon
4 medium eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cup (390 g) apple puree cooled to room temperature



 instructions 
Preheat oven to 180C/350F (fan forced function). Grease with extra butter a round 26cm/10inch spring baking form.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a bowl of a standing mixer equipped with a paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar and vanilla seeds for 5 minutes on medium speed till fluffy. Add eggs, one at the time, scraping sides and bottom of the bowl when necessary. Mix in apple puree till fully incorporated. With the mixer set on low, stir flour mix just till combined.

Transfer the batter onto the prepared form, smooth it out and set in in the hot oven for 50 - 55 minutes, till the toothpick from the middle of the cake comes out clean (doesn't have to be dry). Let it sit in the form for 30 minutes. Remove and serve.

NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES 
  • the taste of the cake depends on the apples you use for the puree;
  • if your apples are too sweet, add lemon zest;
  • and you can probably cut sugar amount even more - I reduced it by 1/3 (from the original recipe);
  • this is the only apple cake I've been making this Winter;
  • it's moist, explodes with flavors...and works every time!

20 comments:

  1. Look amazing!! I love Apple cakes!! xx

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  2. This looks great, I love cooking with apple flavors in the fall and winter!

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  3. I would have a VERY hard time ignoring this cake if it was in my kitchen! I am a huge fan of apple desserts, too! Your cake looks moist and scrumptious.

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  4. I am too a fan of apple desserts, Ela, not to mention when it's made with my favourite spelt! Excellent!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Angie

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  5. A cup of whipped cream alongside and my husband could eat more than half of this and I'd get the rest. It sounds wonderful, Ela.

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  6. I adore cakes like this that don't need frosting. That beautifully browned crust is calling my name!

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  7. This looks so good! My friend's mom made apple cake for me once and I LOVED IT! So much she made it again for my birthday - apple cake is such a treat.

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  8. My favorite recipes are those with apples...I'm waiting for apple season to try your yummy recipe!

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  9. I love apples in every single version!Your cake looks amazing!
    Thumbs up for every recipe I missed on the last few days (I escorted my students to an excursion)!Congrats,dear Ela!
    Kisses from Greece!

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  10. This cake looks fantastic Ela! I am a huge fan of apple desserts and this one sounds amazing with the apple puree :)

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  11. I love this cake! It looks fantastic!!

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  12. very lovin it Ela!!!
    you and i are a big apple fans......
    apple all the way!

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  13. Very beautiful and delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  14. Oh yes, I love a good apple cake. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe, my friend! I hope you have a happy start to your week!

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  15. Divine, I'm sure! This cake looks really delicious and tempting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  16. Hi Ela, I love apples too and cake. I would have a hard time stopping myself with this one lying around. Beautiful space you have here.
    -Gina-

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  17. I love apple pies, haven't tried such with apple puree :) Will save it for the future. Thanks :)

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  18. I love apple desserts! :) I've only ever had apple cake which is like a normal vanilla cake with chunks of apple in them...nothing like this one! Yours looks amazing! I'd love to try this some day ;)

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  19. Me encanta la manzana se ve muy hermoso y bien hecho,saludos y abrazos.

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