For me, there’s a bit of a psychology behind cake.
In my mind, cup cakes are tasty little morsels. You can easily tell yourself that you didn’t really eat cake because it’s only little……that goes by the wayside somewhat when you scoff it’s brothers and sisters in a late night frenzy, but that’s beside the point. (I’ve never done the whole twelve, that’s sheer gluttony. I have to share at least one with D Man.).
So, in my book, a cupcake is like a Clayton’s Cake. The cake you have when you’re not having a cake.
There’s no denying a whole cake.
There’s something about baking a whole cake that is most gratifying. Cutting that first slice and pulling it away from it’s mother’s body and seeing the inside for the first time……it’s actually almost electrifying, but perhaps that’s only for someone who thinks a trip to the supermarket is an outing. Maybe next season’s To Do List should include ‘Get A Life’.
A whole cake says ‘I have a cake and it needs to be eaten’, and this cake is the perfect scoffer because it’s not gloopy, not too sweet, and has apple in it which is awesome fibre, and fibre is good for…….you get the point. Cake = yum.
This really simple Apple and Cinnamon batter cake is tricked up by it’s gorgeous, nutty, crunchy top. It’s the highlight. Just ask D Man whom I found at the counter, up on his step, knuckle deep in this cake, cinnamon sugar all over his face.
This cake also works beautifully with pear or rhubarb or a combination of all three.
Yeild – one whole cake
You will need –
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup castor sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup butter, room temp
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups of apple, peeled and chopped
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 chopped nuts (not in picture. I used hazelnuts and walnuts)
Preheat oven to 180C.
Line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper. I used a spring form.
Cream your two sugars and butter until pale and creamy. Add egg and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Add your baking soda to your milk. Little by little, add your dry mix to your butter mixture alternating with the milk until all is combined. Add the apple to the batter and stir through. Pour your mixture into your prepared cake tin.
In a bowl, mix your sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts. Sprinkle evenly on top and pop into the oven for about 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Make a cup of tea and serve yourself a generous slab…..and then do it all over again!