You can make it as fancy or simple as you want, too. I dressed mine up a bit with an apple topping. It's optional but really easy and makes a basic cake look stunning.
This recipe only makes one small apple cake, so if you're making it for a special occasion I would recommend doubling it!
Step 1: Ingredients:
- 2 cups apples, chopped finely (plus some thin slices if you want a pretty top!)
- 1/2 apple, sliced thinly (as shown in the photo below)
- 1 cup white sugar
- a pinch of salt (maybe 1/2 teaspoon)
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (1/2 cup)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
(My gran's original recipe did not call for salt because she used margarine. She also used one teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg, but I've changed up the spicing a little.)
Step 2: Chop the Apples and Add the Sugar
You'll let them sit while you get everything else ready - a minimum of 15 minutes.
It took me 1 1/2 fuji apples to get two cups. I thinly sliced the other half of the second apple and set that aside for the topping.
P.S. Hate the skins? Take them off. I don't mind them and it's easier to leave them on, so that's what I do. :D
Step 3: Melt the Butter and Arrange the Apples
Then I sprayed my cake pan with nonstick spray and lined the bottom with a piece of parchment.
I poured the tiny ramekin of sugar and butter into the bottom and spread it around well. Once it's spread out, you can lay the thinly sliced apples down into the bottom. :D
Step 4: Make the Batter
Now add in the apples and sugar and whisk. (whisk it good!!) This will help make it more batter-y.
Step 5: Pour and Bake
My grandmother's recipe said to bake it at 325 F for an hour, but that seemed too long to me. My cake was done in 40 minutes.
A sharp knife or toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean when it's done. It will also start pulling away from the sides of the pan. :)
Let it cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes once it's out of the oven.
Step 6: Flip and Eat!
We ate it plain at the ibles office, but I think it would be so so good with vanilla bean ice cream. :D