Friday, April 16, 2010

the battle of the cakes...

OK, I have an assignment for you guys! A great tasting one!

I will give you 2 YUMMY recipes of Apple Cakes, try them out over the weekend or whenever you have time and tell me which one you like better, the Dutch Apple cake or the German Apple cake. So the battle of the cakes, how fun is that?

And Ginster... I am sure you will say the German, but try them both and see which one you really like best!!

Here are the recipes:

German Apple Cake from the book: 'Rustic Fruit Desserts' found on:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 apples, peeled, cored, and each cut into 6 pieces
2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar (light brown sugar)

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a 9 inch round baking pan.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition, then stir in vanilla.

Add the flour mixture all at once and mix on a low speed just until incorporated. Pour (more like spoon, it will be very thick) into the prepared pan.

Score the peeled side of the apples with the tines of a fork and arrange the apples atop the batter around the perimeter with 1 slice in the middle (I cut each large slice into 3-4 small slices)

Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Sometimes the batter around the apples looks slightly underdone, but don’t worry; it’s just the moisture from the apples.


Dutch Apple Cake found on

2 eggs

¾ cup caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

85g butter

75ml milk

1 cup plain flour

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2¼ teaspoons baking powder

1 cooking apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

Double thick cream, to serve

1. Line the sides and base of a 20 x 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the mixture is thick and the beaters leave a figure of eight pattern (approx. 5 minutes).

3. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the milk, then slowly pour into the egg mixture, beating all the time. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and gently fold into the batter. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

4. Arrange the apple slices over the batter. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of sugar over the top and bake in the oven at 200C. After 10 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 180C and bake for a further 35-40 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.

5. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. Cut into squares and serve warm with cream.

Tip: For something different, substitute the apple for pear or summer fruits such as nectarines and peaches. Store in an airtight container. It will keep for 2-3 days.

Have fun with these recipes over the weekend and let me know which one is your favorite ;-)

Have a Fabulous Friday!


Robin and Kyle said...

I don't even have to try these (although I will!) - I *know* I'll like the Dutch one better! The entire year I lived in Belgium, my oma baked us apple cake every Wednesday. Mmmm...lekker!

Mireille said...

I think though from looking at the pictures that these will taste pretty much the same, but Dutch Apple cake is hard to beat! Lekker, lekker indeed... did you know that they use the word lekker also here in SA? Does T call his grandma also Oma??

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April said...

I was showing my mom your blog (I have told her a million times how beautiful your girls are and how I love reading about your travels) and she was gaga over the recipes and made me print them off for her to take back home!!!
I'll let you know when she tries them out!

plantagenet said...

I bet the one with the cinnamon and vanilla is better! My applepie is Italian and love it too. Its almost the same, only more apples sliced thinly. yummy too

plantagenet said...

ymmuy Tarte Tatin is lovely too, not too much dough


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