Sunday, 28 October 2012

Apple Cake - The Ugly one

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I've a lovely colleague R who keeps feeding me in the office, chocolate, cakes, crisps etc and she also sometimes gives me fresh curry leaves or green chillies when she goes for her bi-weekly shop at a Sri Lanka Supermarket. Recently, she gave a big bag of cooking apples plucked straight from her garden and so I went searching for an apple recipe! The first recipe I came across was one that was approved by Paul Hollywood, a baking 'superstar' in the UK so if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me. ;)
This is a very easy and tasty recipe though a little ugly looking. :P  When eaten on the day of baking, it has a lovely crusty biscuity top, when left overnight, the top will soften but the cake itself becomes even more moist and delicious, as the flavours starts to amalgamate. The demerara sugar adds an additional texture to the already lovely cake!

Ingredients (Adapted from here)

225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
110g soft brown sugar
Sprinkle of demerara sugar
2 eggs
130g light olive oil
400g cooking apple

1) Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.
2) Beat the eggs and stir this, along with olive oil, into the bowl.
3) Spread half in a greased cake tin, cover with apples, spinkle some sugar over the apples then cover with rest of mixture. Sprinkle more demerara sugar on top.
4) Bake at 150C for 1 hour or until nicely crusty.


  1. You have a nice co-worker!! :D I like having foodie friends around and you get to eat and talk about food all day long. Haha.

    I've never made apple cake before. I think my kids are getting tired of banana bread (ahem, I have been making too often - still in my comfort zone making same stuff over and over again). Since the most exciting fruits in winter is pretty much tangerines and apples, I will try the cake for a change! I know my son will already like this cake. :)

  2. I wish I a co-worker that would bring me food, but since I'm the only cook in the bunch, it's usually me providing the treats. What a great choice for the cooking apples. It's quite different for an apple cake, but I love it because the apple slices stay intact and it's not just apple flavor. Sounds like one of those cakes that is somewhat a different cake each day, but always good!


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