Thursday, 10 October 2013

Autumn Apple Cake

In my head there is an ideal Apple Cake.
I can't describe what it looks like
but I will know when I taste it.
I am committed to finding this Apple Cake
which means a lot of baking and tasting.

I don't remember eating apple cake as a child.
My mother makes the most wonderful apple pie
but I don't think she made apple cake.
Did I read about it somewhere
"Little Grey Rabbit" or "Anne of Green Gables"?

This recipe is Mary Cadogan's Apple Cake
via another Mrs M : The Domestic Novice.
Do you know her blog? Go and visit, people,
she is renovating the sweetest cottage.

It is a wholesome autumn recipe,
the sort of cake you might eat at the allotment.
You couldn't feel guilty eating this...
even if you had another slice.
I wasn't sure about using the china plate...
it is a greaseproof-paper kind of cake.

It is moist, spicy and very delicious
especially the demerara sugar topping
but it is not The Cake of my dreams.
I'll have to keep trying.


  1. I'm on the same quest and still haven't achieved apple cake perfection - which I think I tasted in Amsterdam many years ago - but this recipe is this year's best so far.

  2. I'm not sure if it is the ideal cake but I made Deborah's Browned Butter Caramel Apple Cake a couple if weeks ago and (as its name suggests) it is heaven.

  3. I'll throw Sarah Raven's Apple & Quince cake into the mix - replacing the quince with extra apple as suggested by Nina Tabiboo. Made with apples scrumped from our neighbour's tree, yum.

  4. I wonder if you would like my mother's German Apple cake recipe? I will see if I can find it.

  5. I put freshly grated ginger into mine. It tastes lovely but sometimes it doesn't look too good (kind of like there's a little piece of hair in it) due to the little fibres that ginger has! You are obviously using your month between jobs wisely! :O)))))

  6. I myself am constantly looking fo a perfect apple cake ... why is that?

  7. Please let us know if you find the recipe of your dreams because like others here, I too am a searcher. It's definitely an apple cake time of year and now I'm feeling hungry!

  8. I'm looking too, completely distraught at the loss (maybe mislaying? I hope so!) of an ancient, tattered WI recipe book, in which was a gloriously easy apple pudding - everything was flung lumpily together, and came out perfect. Easy to turn into a big satisfying cake too.....

  9. This is the recipe for apple cake that I always use:
    and I always get asked for the recipe. I do like the sound of you cake though!

  10. There's a Smitten Kitchen recipe for spiced applesauce cake that's ridiculously delicious and v easy to make. In fact I might have to make one this weekend!


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