Not another apple related blog post?! Well it certainly feels like it at the moment but then again I have been inundated with apples. The other day my next door neighbour came round with some apples. He gave us two huge carrier bags full of apples from his tree in his garden. One bag of smaller apples is being eaten by my daughter’s horse, the others by me and my family here in North Yorkshire.
The other day I posted about baking a Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding nearly two weeks ago from the latest Great British Bake Off book but I still had loads of apples to use up. I had been ill with a nasty cough so I hadn’t baked anything for nearly a week (a record for me!) But to me, Sunday lunch isn’t Sunday lunch without a pudding to finish it off especially in the colder weather. So it had to be something with apples but what could I bake? I’d made apple cakes, apple crumbles, apple pies and was running out of ideas. I looked through my recipe books and although it looked very big for a Sunday lunch I couldn’t resist having a go at the Apple Pie Cake which is from Edd Kimber‘s recipe. This cake recipe is featured in his “The Boy Who Bakes” book.
I have always liked Edd and his style of baking ever since we first saw him on the very first series of The Great British Bake Off back in 2010. His Red Velvet Cake from The Boy Who Bakes and his chocolate cake from his second book “Say It With Cake” are two of my favourite large cake recipes which I use time and time again.
Here’s how I made the Apple Pie Cake:
I needed to use three 20cm/ 8″ sandwich cake tins to make the apple pie cake. Here they are greased and lined with baking parchment circles from Lakeland.
The cake itself is actually created using a whisking method where the eggs are separated. The air gets into the cake by whisking the volume into the yolks and then into the egg whites. I’m not as experienced at this method so I did wonder how it would turn out.
Flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon were sifted into a large bowl.
Butter and half the sugar were creamed together.
One by one four egg yolks were added and beaten in to the mixture.
Then some vanilla extract was added in.
The egg whites were whisked together.
Hoping to achieve soft peak status!
Adding the remains of the caster sugar to the mixture bit by bit.
Folding the egg whites into the cake mixture.
Then adding the dry ingredients.
Sharing out the mixture equally between the three tins.
Making the caramelised apples for the top and filling of the cake; butter, sugar, cinnamon and sliced apples heating slowly in the pan.
Two out of three layers of apple cake!
The final one!
The apples were then taken out of the sauce so that the sauce could thicken and caramelise.
The apples in their bowl cooling down.
Building up the cake layer by layer, spreading on a layer of cinnamon cream cheese icing, topped by a layer of apples.
Two of the cakes turned out onto the cooling rack.
Ta[dah! The finished cake. It tasted delicious- all the flavours of apple pie in cake form!
Despite still feeling rough from my cough after last week I was delighted that the cake turned out well. It tasted absolutely delicious and everyone enjoyed it. Even my son who complains he “doesn’t like apple cooked in anything” ate a second slice!
Love Sam xx