This cake is such a winner - it manages to be satisfyingly dense yet light at the same time. The crème fraîche makes the cake crumb super soft and crumbly and the tartness of the apples complements the sweet cinnamon perfectly. This would make a beautiful dessert at a dinner party served up with a ball of lovely organic vanilla ice cream! I can also confirm that it makes a wonderful breakfast along side a strong cup of coffee! If you can bear to hold any back, it really does taste even more amazing a day or so after you've made it!
The recipe is from Women and Home magazine and is available online here!
2 Bramley apples, peeled and cored
125g butter at room temperature plus around 1 tbsp melted to brush on top
125g caster sugar
2 organic and free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
200g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
100g sour cream or crème fraîche
2tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp apricot jam, gently heated
23cm (9 inch) round springform tin lightly greased, the bottom lined with baking parchment.
Preheat the oven to 180 C (160 C fan, 350 F, Gas 4).
1) Chop one apple into small chunks and finely slice the other.
2) Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, then gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla essence.
3) Fold in the flour, baking powder, 1 tsp of the cinnamon and the crème fraîche.
4) Stir in the chopped apples and pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin.
5) Arrange the remaining apple slices on top in a pretty fan shape.
6) In a small saucepan melt 1 tbsp of butter with the brown sugar, heating until the sugar is melted.
7) Drizzle the melted butter and sugar over the top of the cake then chuck the whole thing in the oven.
8) Bake the cake for 40 - 50 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. The toothpick test doesn't really work with this cake because the crumb is so loose and moist anyway but it really does puff up beautifully once it's ready so that's the best indicator that it's done.
This cake was so tasty I feel inspired to do some more fruity bakes! Do you have a favourite apple cake recipe?