With our #newmealoftheweek series, we have challenged ourselves to try and create a new dish in the kitchen each week to expand our foodie horizons with plenty of delicious recipes.


I guess I’m on a bit of a pudding hype at the moment and wanted to keep giving your sweet tooth a little fix with my next addition to our meal of the week series. Today’s recipe is an autumnal apple cake which is without a doubt one of the most delicious cakes I have ever eaten and made the perfect birthday cake for my partner. Of course, I have to give credit where it’s due to the blog Hunger Thirst Play which is where I got this recipe from. I have mainly just translated and adapted the recipe for a British audience and what we have available to us on this side of the Atlantic.


Ingredients:

For the sponge:

  • 130g unsalted butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 385g plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon / 1/2 tsp nutmeg /1/4 ground clove
  • 350ml apple juice (I choose Innocent Apple Juice)

For the caramel apple filling:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 gala apple pealed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or just season to taste)

For the salted caramel buttercream:

  • 190g unsalted butter
  • 115g soft cheese
  • 385g icing sugar
  • 95g of your salted caramel sauce
  • walnuts


Directions:

Step 1) Grease two 20cm cake tins and put to the side ready, then preheat the over to 180°C or gas mark 4. In a bowl mix together all your dry ingredients: flour (385g), baking powder (4tsp), salt (1tsp), cinnamon (2tsp), nutmeg (1/2tsp), ground clove (1/4tsp).

Step 2) In a cake mixer cream your butter (130g) and sugar (175g) together on a medium speed. Keep scraping the sides throughout and then add your vanilla extract (2 tsp) and all 4 eggs.

Step 3) When everything starts to look pretty evenly mixed, add in a third of your dry ingredients followed by a third of your apple juice (350ml) and repeat until everything is mixed together nice and smoothly. Divide batter evenly into your cake tins and place in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the colour is a nice golden brown and there is no liquid when testing with a toothpick in the centre.

Step 4) Now while that’s cooking turn your attention towards making a salted caramel sauce of your own. This step is very simple, dump all the ingredients below into a pan and heat on medium until everything looks dissolved and fully mixed:

  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or just season to taste)

Step 5) Next peel your gala apple, slice it thinly and put a tbsp of butter into a frying pan. Let it dissolve, add the apples and put a lid on-top for a minute or two until then go soft. Sprinkle some cinnamon over them and then add 65g of the salted caramel sauce you made into the pan before bringing to boil. Next set the mix aside in a bowl and place in the fridge when cooled so it can thicken.

Step 6) Next start making your buttercream by beating the butter (190g) in the cake mixer until fluffy. Add in the soft cheese (115g) and mix together evenly before adding a third of the icing sugar (385g) at a time. Then add in some more of your salted caramel sauce (95g) and beat together until it looks properly mixed and delicious. I decided to set this aside in the fridge while the cakes cooled for a while and this really helped when assembling cake.

Step 7) When putting everything together you may be better off with a piping bag, however, I didn’t have one so I just improvised. I did a a ring of the salted caramel buttercream on the bottom cake before tipping in my caramel apple filling in the middle. Then I placed the other sponge on-top and tried to evenly spread the rest of the salted caramel buttercream over the top and sides.

Lastly, I added walnuts to the edge of the cake and I tried to make a little pattern on top and threw on some cinnamon sticks for effect. There we have it, a delicious autumnal apple cake which is perfect for birthdays, Halloween, bonfire night, Christmas or just for a treat whenever you fancy it!


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