Baking Basics: Spiced Apple Cake

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All I need to do is think about this cake and I can smell it baking in the oven. It’s one of those cakes that has your whole house smelling like Autumn!  The cinnamon, the nutmeg and the cloves – to die for!  Now, I know they say to bake an apple pie when trying to sell your house to make the house more inviting to potential buyers, but if an apple pie makes it more inviting, well –  this cake will have them making an offer. It smells (and tastes) that good!

This cake is easy to make (right up my alley) as all the ingredients go in the food processor and is one that pleases the masses. We are having some dear friends come to stay this weekend and what got me thinking about this particular cake when planning our dinner menu was one, my surplus of apples (great way to use them up) and two, that fact that the family coming to stay has a member who is not a fan of anything chocolate. This dessert will be a perfect complement to the Irish stew I plan on serving and couldn’t be more in line with the season. Why not try out the recipe and make it for your family this weekend?

This recipe comes from my sister-in-law Nina  and is one of her go-to dinner party desserts. The recipe is a slight adaptation from Carol Bowen’s version included in one of Sainsbury’s Cookery books and is perfect holiday dinner party dessert! 

Spiced Apple Cake

What you need: measuring spoons/cups, food processor (slicing disk & blade), deep 8’’ round cake tin, parchment paper, non-stick cooking spray

Serves: 8 – 10

  • 1 lb apples (depending on size approximately 2 – 4)
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 oz margarine
  • 8 oz superfine sugar
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbs butter (for greasing the pan)
  • confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Grease the cake tin with unsalted butter. Line with parchment. Spray the parchment with non-stick baking spray. Peel and core the apples. Using the slicing disk attachment for your food processor – slice the apples and set aside. Rinse and dry the food processor bowl. Put back in place with the metal chopping blade. Place the flour, cloves and nutmeg and pulse for a few seconds to combine. Add the margarine, sugar and egg sand process for twelve seconds, until well combined. Add in the chopped walnuts and process for and additional few seconds to combine.

Spoon half of the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and spread evenly. Cover with the apple slices and then top with the remaining caked batter.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours, until well risen, golden in color and a toothpick pierced through the center of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool.

To Serve: Place cooled cake on a serving dish or cake stand. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. You can microwave back to warm if you prefer and serve it alongside a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Dust with confectioners’ sugar after you warm it up. Heaven.

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