When I made this apple cake, D said something that struck a chord with me.
He said ‘If I saw this apple cake on the menu at a café or restaurant, I would never choose it, simply because it sounds plain and boring. But I have to admit this is one of the best apple cakes I’ve eaten in a long time’.
He's right, even I turn my nose at a cake option that includes apples or fruit, going for the obvious chocolate flavoured ones. This needs to change.
The apple and sultana cake was moist from the grated apples. It really was lovely.
Simple Apple and sultana cake
Makes 1 x 7 inch cake
225g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
115g caster sugar
225 dessert apples, peeled and grated
1 medium egg
2 tablespoons Demerara sugar
Heat oven to gas mark 4. Grease a deep 7 inch cake tin. Sift the flour with the baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, apples and sultanas and mix thoroughly. Mix together the egg and milk and add to the mixture. Turn into the prepared tin. Sprinkle over the Demerara sugar. Bake in the centre of the oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the cake clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
Updated 31/10/2010: Millie D of MillieBead made a version of this cake. Please click here. I think the crunchy topping looks fantastic.