I love fresh fruited cakes and I have a surfeit of recipes. It’s that whole ‘a little of what you fancy does you good’ mentality. I think it stops the horrible guilt of finding you’ve eaten most of a packet of plain chocolate digestives (not that I’ve ever done that ). As far as cakes go, this is one to eat and enjoy with an almost virtuous glee – lots (I mean LOTS) of fresh fruit and not solid fat, can’t be wrong.
This one is definitely for us who admire the marriage of ‘cinnamon and apple’.
For you, yes it is.
Just on a practical note, the batter is quite stiff (almost plaster like). Worry not, it has to be to soak up all the juices from the eating apples you will use.
Again it is a BIG cake, so if you want you can halve the measures and cook in a 21 cm bundt pan or 23 cm cake tin and check for done-ness after an hour.
Apple Chunk Cake (This Cake Will Change Your Life)
6 apples, sweet eaters
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
500g / 1 lb Self Raising flour, sifted
1 level tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
500g / 1 lb muscavado sugar
250ml / 1/2 pt vegetable oil
50 ml / 2 fl oz orange juice
50ml / 1 fl oz natural yogurt
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
Preheat oven to 350˚F 180˚C Gas 4.
Parchment line and grease a 29 cm cake pan.
Mix together the cinnamon and the spoonfuls of sugar (I do use Muscavado but you cab use brown or white, it’s up to you)
Stir together flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla.
Peel, core and chop apples into chunks.
Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then mix in the beaten eggs.
Pour half of batter into prepared pan. This is a stiff batter, almost like plaster (trust me here).
Spread half of apples over it.
Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top.
Cover with a disc of greaseproof paper to stop it browning too fast.
(After 1 hour and 15 minutes remove the disc of paper.)
Bake for about 1 1/2 hours – 2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.
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