Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cinnamon apple cake

Cinnamon apple cake

Moving can be quite stressful and tiring, but also good for finding things we don’t remember we own anymore.

After unpacking my cookbooks and magazines, I found a folder filled with very old print outs from other blogs and websites. There were some great recipes there and I did not recall them at all; The one I post today was among them – I printed it almost two years ago!

My dear coworker Gisele brought me some delicious tapioca pancakes last week, filled with flaked coconut and sweetened condensed milk – quite a decadent breakfast treat.
I’m not going to be the only one whose jeans no longer fit, so my revenge was to bring some of this cake to Gi. :)

Cinnamon apple cake

Cinnamon apple cake
slightly adapted from here

185g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cups (250g) sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 cups (280g) all purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ cup (60ml) milk
1 ½ Gala apples, cored, in thin slices - don’t peel them
1/3 cup jam of your liking, slightly melted if necessary - you may want to use one that matches the fruit color*

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/392ºF; grease and line a 20x30cm rectangular cake pan.

In a medium bowl, sieve together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture and the milk.
Transfer the batter to prepared pan and level the top. Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter. Brush the apples with jam and bake for 30-35 minutes, checking after 25.
Remove from the oven, brush the top of the cake again with jam and let cool in the pan.

* I used Dr. Oetker’s clear glaze, but the apples weren’t so shiny – I should have used apricot jam


LyB said...

I hate moving but you're right, you do find little gems you'd forgotten about. I have so many print outs everywhere I'm sure to find things I've forgotten if we ever move again! Or maybe I should just tidy up? ;) The cake looks delicious, Patricia, I wish I could steal a few slices for myself. :)

Apples and Butter said...

That looks absolutely delicious. I bought a bunch of apples last night to make something else, but now I'm tempted to change my plans all together. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Wow. SO jealous. Can you send me some?

I have a tendency to keep a bunch of things I don't know what to do with in a big box, then move that box with me from place to place, never really looking in there at all. Maybe if I did, I'd find something awesome like this recipe! :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm terrified to think of what I'd find in the recesses of my pantry if we moved. Every time we do a major cleaning, I find some pot or pan or cookbook or jar of spices I'd completely forgotten. Your cake looks lovely, so I'm really glad you found this recipe!

Anonymous said...

That looks like a cake worth suffering tight jeans for! :)

Manggy said...

Ah, I do have that problem, but at least those papers with recipes are bound together... Inside the magazines they come in ;) I've already cleared a shelf for my food mags. Home at last! Ha ha ha. The other recipes from the internet survive as saved files and bookmarks :) If I feel like making them, I rewrite them into a (messy) notebook.

The cake looks beautiful (and perfect! sorry about the Oetker glaze, though). The problems I have with apple cakes are usually of the too-moist apples that leak into the cake and make it soggy. I'll have to remember to buy Gala apples next time!

Brilynn said...

I'm moving in a couple weeks and I can only imagine the things I'm going to unearth... hopefully they'll be as delicious as this!

Anonymous said...

What a treat to unearth this recipe! I hope I'll be able to try it soon, as more apples come into season. Hope the move went well!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a great find! This recipe looks quite tasty!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

apples and cinnamon a classic combination served in a elegant way!

Emily said...

You are on a roll!
Well, you're always on a roll. I demand more cookies though.

I love cinnamon and apples. Have you ever had apple cinnamon cheerios?

Kana said...

Patiricia - Moving can be tough - hang in there. I have a folder full of recipes I have been wanting to try and found them tucked away in a closet a few weeks ago :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This sounds delish:D

Judy said...

Mmmmmm, that looks like fall! I'm going to have to try it. My husband likes something sweet for breakfast.

Kajal@aapplemint said...

saw them on flickr n hopped right over ... could'nt resist, it looks so beautiful n yummy, n warm n inviting ... hmm that should be enough describing words to describe to you how much i'd like a slice of it now :)

Anonymous said...

I love the apple slices on top of the cake full of light and life!

nicole said...

YuM! I wish I had some apples right now to make this. It looks delicious.

Sarah said...

I love finding recipes I've saved and forgotten I had.
This one looks like a gem!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia :),

Your desserts are always so beautiful! I can count on your blog to always inspire a sweet craving in me :). I love the top layer of this cake, it's lovely!

We'd like to invite you to participate in our September apple and peach recipe contest (the recipe can be sweet or savory). All competitors will be eligible to win one of three prizes :)! Please email me,, if you're interested.

Thanks :),
KI Chief Blogger

Elle said...

Moving truly is something I hate, but it does allow you to rediscover things you have forgotten about...and sometimes those are good things like this lovley cake. Guess cake with fruit on top is a natural for this time of year with so much ripe fruit around. This looks so yummy...and who cares if the jeans fit?

Alexa said...

I love apple cakes. This one looks particularly moist and tasty. The pictures are so appetizing! Good luck with the move. I have done it more times than I care to admit, so I know what you are going through.

Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds yummy and what great revenge!

Debbie said...

Thank you for posting that recipe. Apple season is fast approaching this area and I will definitely try this cake. It looks delicious!!!

eatme_delicious said...

What a beautiful cake! I love the apple slices on top. And that tapioca pancake sounds good too..

Anonymous said...

I love the look of those sliced apples on the cake! I've been constantly bookmarking recipes and will need to start going through them as well :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

LyB, I'm not the right person to tell you to tidy up - I'm so messy! :)
I wish we could sit together over this cake and some tea to have a nice chat, my friend!

Apples and Butter, thank you! I do hope you try this one here!

Sarah, I wish I could, darling!
At least you keep everything in the same place - I like the box idea!

Lydia, and there are many more where this one came from! :)

Michelle, tell me about it! :)

Mark, I don't print loads of recipes anymore - I use my The ones in the folder are much too old! :)
Do your cakes get soggy even if you use Granny Smith apples?

Bri, good luck, my dear friend!

Regina, tks for stopping by! And everything is fine now, tks!

Melody, thank you!

Meeta, I love them together, too!

Emiline, I think you are right - always, indeed! :)
We do not have cheerios here in Brazil. :(

Maya, I'm sure your folder is full of many delicious recipes, too, darling!

Bellini, thank you!

Judy, I hope he likes this cake! Tks for visiting!

Kate, you are so sweet, thank you!

Leonor, thank you, darling! I'm glad you stopped by!

Nicole, thank you for visiting!

SArah, it's like finding money on pockets of trousers, isn't it? :)

Sophie, thank you very much - I'll be checking it out!

Elle, let's just go shopping for new jeans, right? :)

Alexa, everything is settled down now - but it took me almost a month! :)
Thank you, sweetie.

Cathy, I'm a Scorpio - revenge is my middle name. ;)

Debbie, I do hope you try it! I'd love to hear your opinion about it.

Ashley, it was pretty decadent - like anything with sweetened condensed milk. :)

Jackie, thank you for stopping by - I'm sure you have tons of delicious recipes just waiting to be made! :)

Deborah said...

That's my kind of revenge! I want some!

Manggy said...

Confession! I've never used a green apple before. Ha ha ha. It's my fault completely!

Maggie said...

I love this recipe and I can smell the cinnamon from here!

Anonymous said...

Lovely apple cake, looks so delicious!

Peabody said...

Yum, I so adore apple desserts. I was just looking up where to go pick my own around these parts. Looks like a good one.

Peabody said...

Yum, I so adore apple desserts. I was just looking up where to go pick my own around these parts. Looks like a good one.

Anonymous said...

that looks like such a lovely moist and fluffy cake! and nicely flavoured with cinnamon. oh i'm well jealous.

Jaime said...

wow, that is so beautiful! i love apples and cinnamon together :)

Angela said...

La mia preferita ^_^

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