Apple Cake

With Apricot Jam Glazing

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Today I had a really lazy and uneventful day. I don’t know about you. Please share with me some interesting events of your weekend. I love listening.

For lunch I had a very hearty soup, made from all the left over veggies in the fridge. It was a very interesting soup with mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, green peas, elbow pasta and some chorizo. If you have been following this blog, then you know that I always find an excuse to add something meaty. I’m a carnivore…sorry if you are a vegetarian and you are reading this, but the good part is I always accompany all my meat dishes with piles of vegetables, so I should correctly call myself herbivore  Omnivore but I love the sound of carnivore, so carnivore it shall be. My lunchtime soup was made with homemade stock, with some fresh herbs, spices, and chicken carcass. It tasted really good.

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I also spent some time browsing the internet, aimlessly. Do you ever find yourself just browsing, the internet, aimlessly, sometimes? Anyway, during my aimless browsing, I found some really interesting titles, that entertained, and even educated me. If one of these titles is yours, please don’t be offended. I’m reproducing them because I found them entertaining and enlightening, so here we go:

  • “Chunky no blender smoothie”, I always thought smoothies were meant to be smooth like the name rightfully suggests, so if a ‘smoothie’ is chunky, should we still call it a smoothie or a chunkie?? What’s your take on this one?
  • “Clean eating”, I just wondered whether there is ‘clean’ and ‘not clean’ eating???
  • “In times of trouble, here are some snacks”,  wow, now we even have some snacks that can alleviate trouble. I’m sorry, I forgot to get ‘the list of the snacks’, it was more of a pictorial presentation.
  • Bananas + Smoothies = Good Morning”:  so ladies and gents, if you want to have a good morning make sure you have bananas + smoothies, it’s a proven formula?
  • “Tired of smoothies, then  try groovy smoothies”, oh yes, we now have some really groovy smoothies, so If you are still taking ‘just smoothies’, you might think of styling up a little and start taking some groovy ones! As I mentioned before if one of these is your title, please do not get offended, I like having fun.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7893Today I want to share with you a recipe for apple cake. It’s not just another apple cake. This apple cake is one of the most delicious cakes I have eaten in 2013. it’s very special. If you love trying out recipes like me, please give this one a try. I promise you, you will not regret it.

  • Ingredients
  • 225g all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 185g (¾ cup, 6½oz) butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon or lime zest (rind)
  • 160g (⅔ cup, 5½oz ) castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 120ml (½ cup, 4floz) milk
  • 1½ medium apples
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin (vegetarians, please omit these)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons strained (sieved) apricot jam

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7601Please, always remember to assemble all the ingredients before you start baking.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7621Sift the all-purpose and self-raising flour into a bowl.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7605Grease the 8½” (21.6 cm) pan, and line the base with parchment (greaseproof) paper.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7608Combine the butter, sugar and lemon or lime zest (rind) in a bowl.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7610Beat the butter, lemon zest (rind) and sugar with an electric mixer, until light and fluffy.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7613Beat in eggs one at a time, beat until combined, before adding the next one.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7618This is what the mixture should look like after adding the third egg.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7626Fold in the sifted flours and the milk.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7632This is what the mixture should look like after you add the milk and flours.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7636Peel apples and, cut into quarters, remove cores.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7640Make lengthways cuts into the rounded sides of apple quarters, cutting about three quarters of the way through. (I used 6 quarters)

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7641Arrange quarters rounded side up, around the edge of the cake. I used a granny smith and golden delicious. Bake at 360°F (180°C) for about 1 hour.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7643Sprinkle the gelatine over water, leave to stand until  it expands, dissolve over hot water or  microwave for 20 seconds,

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7649Add the Apricot  jam and stir thoroughly to mix.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7656Remove cake from the oven. This is how mine looked like.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7662Spread half the jam mixture over hot cake. Cool cake in pan.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7679Remove cake from pan, once cooled and  brush with remaining warmed jam mixture

Apple Cake with Apricot Cake Glazing_7901Serve with whipped cream. I  served it with some slices of  fresh, chilled, apples, it was really delicious.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing_7906I really enjoyed this cake. I would make it over and over and over again.

Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing

Preparation time: 30 minutes, Baking time: 1 hour; Makes: 8-10 slices

Recipe slightly adapted from Australian Women’s Weekly

Ingredients

  • 225g (2 cups, 8oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 185g (¾ cup, 6½oz) butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon or lime zest (rind)
  • 160g (⅔ cup, 5½oz ) castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 120ml (½ cup, 4floz) milk
  • 1½ medium apples
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin (vegetarians, please omit this)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons strained (sieved) apricot jam

Instructions

  1. Grease and line the base of an 8½” (21.6 cm) round springform pan. Sift the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  2. Cream butter, (zest) rind and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat until combined. Stir in sifted flours and milk. Spread into prepared pan.
  4. Peel apples and, cut into quarters, remove cores. Make lengthways cuts into the rounded sides of apple quarters, cutting about three quarters of the way through. (I used 6 quarters)
  5. Arrange quarters rounded side up, around the edge of the cake. Bake at 360°F (180°C) for about 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle, come out clean.
  6. Sprinkle the gelatine over water, leave to stand until until it expands, dissolve over hot water or just microwave for 20 seconds, add jam and stir thoroughly to mix. Spread half the jam mixture over hot cake. Cool cake in pan. Remove from pan, brush with remaining warmed jam mixture.
  7. **I weigh the flour, I do not use cup measures as the weight of a cup of flour tends to vary based on publication and individual interpretation, (from 125g to 130g to 155g per cup).

Points to Note:

  • Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked the cake at 360°F (180°C) for 40 minutes, then reduced to 350°F 175° for 20 minutes.
  • I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter. You can use cup measures, but please note if you scoop flour directly from the bag you will end up with 150-185 g of flour instead of the recommended 125g. I suggest you spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. You can also sift the flour first then scoop. My best advice: please just weigh ingredients! If you use
  • Own notes: I bought a new oven and so am fiddling around with temperatures ignore these notes: Baked at 350°F 175° for 1 hour 10 minutes, next time just bake at 360°F (180°C).

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

41 thoughts

    1. […] for glazing baked goods, but I also use dried apricots for baking. One of my favourite cakes is the Apple Cake with Apricot Jam Glazing. I think we’ve baked this cake more than one hundred times. I shall be making it for dessert, […]

  1. I love how homemade and simple this cake looks – I am ALL for simplicity. The fancy stuff is great to drool over but as someone who sucks at making my baked goods look professional, recipes like this make my day! 😀

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. You’ve made my cold day very warm, with your warm comments. I love taking life easy, with four children and a house to run and other things, I can just focus on simple but elegant recipes. Have a lovely day. I’ve enjoyed chatting to you!
      Liz

  2. I have one word to describe this cake….. AMAZING!!!!!!! I had a slice with vanilla icecream and actually forgot about the icecream till my slice was over because the cake was THAT good…. this is a keeper!

    1. Ha ha thanks so much for baking this cake and for giving me feedback. You have made my day. I LOVED this cake. I had mine with chilled Royal Gala apples and cream. We baked it in the afternoon but it didn’t last to see the evening. Thanks so much. Have a pleasant day and a wonderful week.

    1. Thank you, that would be one large slice of cake, but then it would get finished because the cake was very very tasty. I had two slices! Thanks for liking my posts, for stopping by and look forward to seeing more of you!

    1. Hi Ranadall, thanks for stopping by the apple cake. This is one of my favourite cakes and ditto to Apricot Jam too. The cake tastes great!

  3. Thank you very much for visiting my blog.
    Oh dear, visiting your blog at 9 pm before study for bio medical exam … this is so wrong
    You make my hungry ha ha 🙂

    1. Thank you too, for visiting my blog. I wish you good luck in your bio medical exam. Hope all goes well for you in the exam. Have a great day!

  4. Omg I loved this cake it was sweet,soft and delicious. The cake tasted perfect with water I loved it thanks for the recipe.

  5. This looks unbelievable, what perfect presentation! I can almost smell it… 🙂
    I will definitely have to keep this one in mind for when I have guests for afternoon tea. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for complimenting and for stopping by. The cake was delicious, the kind I would make many times. I just saw the cauliflower rice, very interesting. Will make it one of these weekends. Have a great week and thanks for always stopping by. I really appreciate!

    1. Ha ha ha …you got me on that one, I must change the herbivore to read omnivore (I don’t like the sound though), where has all the biology gone? I tend to think in sixes because we are six. The slices were large and satisfying, I must add in bracket (for smaller portions add 8 quarters of apple) but that would spoil the beauty of the cake…it will be too congested, perhaps I should say cut each apple into six pieces, that might result in 8 people having eight slices. Perfect. Thanks for visiting and do have a wonderful week. I love your visits!!!

    1. The apples were chilled and they really boosted the taste of the cake. I would do this over and over again. I saw your Smokey Mt. Smoker, I must budget for one, one of these fine days. Thanks you for stopping by..

    1. Honestly, I’m serious, I loooved this cake…and my children love it too. It was devoured in minutes!!! I have just googled Singapore time, so have a wonderful week…

  6. I really like the idea of the apricot jam glazing. Looks likes the apples on my counter now will be put to good use!
    I have been wondering myself what exactly “clean eating” entails…

    1. Apricot jam happens to be my favourite. You can substitute the Apricot Jam with your favourite jam. Please remember to practice ‘clean eating’ I think it means stay away from cakes and all the sugary stuff. I’m definitely not a ‘clean eater’…and I’m not planning to be one any time soon…. Happy ‘clean eating’ and enjoy the rest of your weekend. The Chocolate-Chai Biscotti looked delicious…

    1. Hi Ashmoto, It’s nice to see you after such a long period of silence. what happened to you? I’m so glad you are back, I missed your Gravatar and the smile to be. Enjoy the rest of the weekend111

      1. Aww thanks. I’ve been going through somethings but everything should be all good at the end of this week. I missed yours too. I definitely will have to catch up on your blog… 🙂

        1. I’m really glad to see you, I hope everything will be okay for you…I look forward to seeing you more often, at least once a week. Take care!

    1. Hi Katie, I have missed you. What a good way of saying Good morning, now I shall be greeting everybody I know like that “Bananas + Smoothie to you” until they get used to it. What would be the recipe for goodnight? I wonder….

        1. Mmm think about it, Milk + Cookies = Good evening, doesn’t sound bad though I don’t take milk but I eat cookies, so would that be like half a good evening? Have a great week!

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