Dutch apple cake

Dutch apple cake

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Top With Cinnamon
Serves
8-9
Photographer
Izy Hossack

Do I have any idea why this is known as Dutch apple cake? Nope. There are many randomly named recipes written down in our family recipe book, this being one. The ‘Blanc Mange’ (which is actually a recipe for Swiss-roll cake) and ‘Sinking Red Devils Food Cake’ (which neither sinks nor is red) being others. But I do know that all of these recipes are foolproof, simple and comforting. This apple cake is unlike any I’ve ever come across. The apples are thinly sliced and pushed into the top of the cake in a star-like pattern, with only the thin outer edge of the fruit showing. When baked, the exposed part of the apple dries, becoming slightly chewy, while the batter-covered portion is soft and sweet.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
110g unsalted butter
220g granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
250g plain flour
190ml milk
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and halved
2 tablespoons demerara sugar

Method

  1. Line, grease and flour a deep 20 cm cake tin, as shown. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and nutmeg. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and add the baking powder and salt. Stir in half of the flour, then half of the milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Thinly slice the apple halves and arrange them in the cake batter in a star shape, pushing the slices in so that only the thin outside edge shows on top. Make sure you really pack the apple slices in, as they will shrink during baking. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar and bake for 35–40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
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