I am a big fan of apple desserts. Apple pie warm with ice-cream is one of my favourite desserts and no matter how much I’ve eaten, if that’s on the menu, I’ll find room! This cake is basically a mix between an apple crumble and a cake. In my eyes, that has to be a winner so when my parents came to visit this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl! Needless to say, it did not disappoint and turned out perfectly. I have a feeling this easy recipe will become a household favourite!
Ingredients for the sponge:
- 60g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for greasing
- 140g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 80ml whole milk
- 3 granny smith apples
Ingredients for the streusel topping:
- 70g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 40g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
- 70g soft light brown sugar
One 20cm diameter spring-form cake tin
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (325 degrees F) Gas mark 3, then grease the tin with butter and dust with flour
- First make the streusel topping. Sift the flour and the ground cinnamon into a bown. Add the butter and using your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until they resemble breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and set aside while you make the sponge batter.
- Using a hand-held held electric whisk or free-standing electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla essence, and mix thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt, then add half of this mixture to the creamed butter and sugar, followed by half the milk. Mix well on a medium speed after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl, then repeat with the rest of the dry ingredients and the milk. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
- Peel, core and slice the apples into quartered and each quarter into three or four slices, depending on the size of the apples. Arrange the slices in concentric circles on top of the cake batter, then sprinkle with the streusel topping, making sure it forms an even layer.
- Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until it is golden brown on top and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean with no uncooked mixture sticking to it. Set aside to cool and then remove from the cake tin. This cake can be enjoyed warm or cold.