Hope all you guys had lovely winter holidays! We took it easy during the Christmas. We stayed at home, ate lots of good food, drank even more nice and mulled wine and watched films back to back. Little T has started to understand films and she loved watching some of them like Ice Age series, Disney Princess ones and yes she especially loves ''Horton Hears a Who''! Jim Carrey was excellent as the voice of Horton and it was quite hilarious as expected :). A good watch for the young ones and the adults who need a good laugh!
We had a New Years party planned at home and I planned to make an Apple cake for everybody. I was quite bored of making the same chocolate brownies, pineapple upside down cake and victorian sandwiches so wanted to bake something different. Though I never got around to bake it for the party as I had too many other things to do and finally managed to bake it yesterday. I have never baked an apple cake before as I'm not a big fan myself. I was in for a surprise after I finished baking this one. The aroma that filled the house was amazing and the cake tasted quite divine too. I used Bramleys for the cake which were quite tangy. You can replace it with Sweet Galas or Golden Delicious if you want.
Apple Upside Down Cake
For the Topping:
Any cooking variety Apples - about 4 medium peeled, cored and cut into wedges (every quarter into two wedges)
Butter - 50gm
Golden Caster Sugar - 50gm
Cinnamon Dust/Powder - 1/2tsp
For the Cake:
Self Raising flour - 200gm
Butter - 200gm
Golden Caster Sugar - 200gm
Baking Powder - 1tsp
Eggs - 2 medium
Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
Milk - 2tbsp (or more to loosen the batter)
1tbsp butter or margarine for greasing the cake tin.
This photo goes to Susan's Black and White Wednesday. :)
For the Topping:
Heat the butter for the topping in a pan and add the apple wedges.
Fry for a few seconds.
Add the sugar kept for the topping and let it melt.
Add the cinnamon.
Let the sugar and spice coat the apple pieces nicely.
In the meantime grease a 21cm cake springform cake tin. No need to line it.
Line the apple pieces on the bottom of the tin.
For the Cake:
Preheat the oven at 180°C/gas4.
Cream the butter and sugar with a electric mixer.
Mix the flour and the baking powder in a separate bowl.
Whisk the eggs separately.
Slowly pour in the eggs and the creamed butter sugar mix into the flour and fold well.
Add the vanilla extract and required amount of milk to loosen up the batter.
It should have a dropping consistency.
Pour the batter on top of the apple pieces.Tap the tin on the worktop for a smooth surface.
If using a spring form tin then place the tin on a baking tray as liquid might come out while baking.
Bake in the oven for about 1 hour 20 mins. Check by inserting a skewer at a few spots.The cake's done if the skewer comes out clean every time.
Leave to stand for 5 minutes and turn out onto a plate. Using a spring form tin will help at this step.
Little T has started going to a new pre school and is loving it. I didn't have any worries about that though as she's quite sociable. In fact she was upset to come back home after school on the first day :). Here's a piece of cake to the first post in this new year. I hope I'll be able to do more blogging and a little less of facebooking this year ;). Wish you all another rocking year ahead!