As I said we had friends coming over for Grand Final day, so I decided to make this vanilla apple cake for the dessert. I served the cake with ice cream and I tell ya, it was so yummy!! I substituted the self raising flour to whole meal self raising flour and I used Royal Gala Apples for this cake. It worked well!! Thanks to Sweet and Simple Bake !!!
*** This is my entry for this month baking challenge – Vanilla Apple Cake held by Sweet and Simple Bake ****
Vanilla Apple Cake
250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g/9oz golden caster sugar (or normal caster sugar)
4 eggs, beaten
250g/9oz self-raising flour
1 vanilla pod, split, seeds removed and reserved (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
3 small Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges (or any other type of cooking apple, if not apple of your choice)
2 tbsp Demerara sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a 20cm/8inch springform tin, then line the base with baking paper.Beat the caster sugar and butter together until the mixture turns pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and vanilla seeds, then beat together quickly to make a smooth batter. Tip into the prepared tin, then lay the apple wedges on top, poking them halfway into the mix. Don’t worry if the apples appear crowded – they’ll shrink as they cook. Sprinkle with the Demerara and cinnamon, then bake for 1 hour 5 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the sponge is risen and golden.Leave to cool for a few mins, then release the tin and cool the cake completely on a wire rack.