JODI’S ISO APPLE CAKE
Honestly, are there any two things in this world that go together more beautifully than apple and cinnamon? I think not. They are a match made in heaven. This soft and tender Apple Cake is packed with fresh chunks of apples and nuts with a crunchy cinnamon topping.
TIPS FOR MAKING APPLE CAKE
- This Cinnamon Apple Cake is incredibly easy to make. You only need a bowl and spoon – no need for an electric mixer.
- You can use any kind of apple you like, I use red Royal Gala apples. I don’t peel the apples as I like my cakes to be a bit rustic and textural. Chop your apple into roughly 2cm squares – discarding the core.
- Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until combined – try not to over mix as this will make your cake rubbery and not rise well.
- check your batter consistency before adding the apple and nuts. Remember you are adding 3 chopped apples to this batter which have a lot of moisture in them. You don’t want your batter to be too wet.
- Bake until golden and a skewer or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Usually a sign that your cake is close to being ready is when the house starts to suddenly smells like delicious cake. Best to check it at this point!
1 and 3/4 cups of self raising flour(you may need to add a touch more flour as needed once you check the consistency of your batter)
- 1/2 a cup of sugar. I used raw, granulated sugar for this recipe, but you can use brown sugar or granulated coconut sugar…whatever sugar you prefer
- 1/4 of a cup of honey
- 3 medium sized apples, chopped
- 1 cup of whole walnuts and pecans
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 a cup of light olive oil
- 1/4 of a cup of melted butter
- 1/2 cup Greek natural yogurt
I usually make my topping by feel so the quantities are approximate. You can adjust to your taste. You kind of can’t go wrong with this topping.
(1/4 cup) raw sugar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup of roughly crushed walnuts and pecans
- 1 or 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
I just hand crush my nuts in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin or something similar. I like it to be quite chunky and rustic. I mix all ingredients together in a bowl using my fingers, until it clumps like sand. Sprinkle over the top of your cake batter – no need to be perfect here.
Apple Topping Decoration
This is entirely optional. I just think it finished the cake and makes it look irresistible.
- Place approximately 10 sliced apple wedges in a bowl and coat them in a sugar & cinnamon blend.
- Place them on the top of the nut crumble topping in the centre of the cake in a circular fan motif.
Preheat oven to 180 C(350 F) standard / 160 C(320 F) fan-forced. Grease and line a medium/standard size round cake tin with a table spoon of soft butter.
- In a large mixing bowl, add flour and cinnamon and mix until the cinnamon is evenly distributed.
- In a separate bowl, add eggs, vanilla, sugar, honey and melted butter. Whisk until mixed evenly. Then add the oil and yogurt and mix until even.
- Add the bowl of wet ingredients to the flour and cinnamon. Gently fold the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until combined – be careful not to over mix
- I like to check the consistency of the batter before adding the apple and the nuts. If it’s too wet I add a touch more flour until it looks right. If it’s too dry I add a touch of yogurt. Don’t forget, you’re putting a lot of chopped apple into this cake which is full of moisture so you don’t want your cake batter to be too wet.
- Add the nuts and chopped apple and fold into the batter. Do not over mix.
- Spoon the mixture into the greased cake tin.
- Crumble the sugar, cinnamon, nut, butter topping over the top of the cake with your fingers.
- Arrange the sugar, cinnamon coated apple wedges on the top of the cake.
- Bake cake for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer cake to a wire rack to cool completely. Again. if you can smell the aromas of the cake filling the kitchen it’s probably very close to being done and best to check it.