There are cakes that sound dull right from the start – and for some weird reason, they are often the ones that surprise you the most.
Listen, it’s Blue Monday, today was my first day at a new job and I just moved to a country where a) I don’t know anyone b) I don’t even speak the native language. There are probably more useful things I could be doing now than sitting in my weird “serviced apartment” (without an oven!!!) and writing a five-pharagraph essay on an apple cake I baked during Christmas back home.
But, you know, whatever works I guess – and this was a seriously good cake. Maybe even one of my favourites.
It really is one of these cakes that surprise you. Even though it sounds boring, it is pretty decadent – moist (ugh sorry), full of flavour, buttery and rich but also not making you want to kill yourself if you have more than one slice. Once I go through all the German bureaucracy and get a working oven I might actually bake it again – just looking at these pictures made me pretty happy.
It’s one of these cakes you can add anything you want to – don’t like raisins? Swap them for cranberries. Or be crazy and add blueberries even. Counting down on sugar? You can skip the chocolate. Nothing bad comes from experimenting – take it from the girl that has to use Google translate on every site she visits these days.
APPLE WALNUT CAKE
-2 cups flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1tsp baking soda
-Pinch of salt
-50g dried cranberries
-1 cup pecan nuts/walnuts/any nuts
-100g dark/milk chocolate
-2 tsp cinnamon
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-6 tbsp butter, melted
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 Fahrenheit), line your tin with baking parchment (any size will do: 20x30cm is recommended though)
- Soften the raisins and cranberries by soaking them in boiling water for 10minutes, drain.
- Chop the chocolate and nuts, peel the apples and grate them using the large holes
- Sift the flour to a medium-sized bowl, add baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt and mix
- Beat the eggs with the sugar in a big bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy (approx 10 mins), continue beating gradually adding the butter
- Add the dry ingredients to your wet mixture and mix only until combined
- Add the apples, chocolate & nuts, gently mix with a wooden spoon
- Bake for around 40 mins, until the toothpick inserted to the centre of the cake comes out clean
- Once cooled, spread a thin layer of your jam/marmalade, sift powdered sugar on top, decorate with coconut flakes.