Nothing better then a seasonal apple cake that’s full of moisture and flavor. Jazz Apples have a great taste and a good dose of antioxidants and minerals, making them a perfect pairing for this cake. The maple sauce takes it way over the edge of decadent but is too delicious to leave out.
Full credit for this recipe goes to Tamara Milstein, as I’ve simply changed a few elements from her delicious method. Her book ‘bake your cake and eat it too!’ is a well loved family favorite that keeps on giving.
3 large jazz apples, peeled and diced
1/2 a cup of apple purée (shop bought is easy, or boil one peeled and diced jazz and purée with a stick blender)
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups of self raising flour
2 cups of white sugar
1/2 a teaspoon of salt
125g of firm butter, grated
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
For the sauce-
1 cup of real maple syrup (buy the expensive Canadian stuff!)
1/2 cup of Philadelphia thick cooking cream
50g of butter
Big pinch of flaky rock salt
Vanilla ice cream to serve (Oob!!)
Preheat your oven to 180 bake and paper line a 21cm cake tin.
In a bowl, sift in your flour and spices before adding the sugar and salt. Grate the hard butter in and use your fingers to break it up in the flour, rubbing it in until it looks like fine crumbs.
Peel, core and dice your delicious apples into even sized cubes.
In a different bowl, whisk the eggs with the oil and vanilla until well combined. Pop in your puree and stir again. Fold the egg mix into the flour and then gently mix through your apple pieces.
Pour into your prepared cake tin and bake for approx 50 minutes, until beautiful and golden and cooked at the centre. Cool slightly in the tin while you make the sauce!
To make the sauce, simply combine the maple, cream, butter and salt in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Once bubbling, turn to low and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring on occasion. Pour into a jug for serving.
We like to eat our cake still warm, dripping in syrup with an unhealthy scoop of vanilla ice cream, delish!!