Monday, 24 October 2011

Sticky Apple, Ginger and Maple Syrup Cake

Come Autumn, I think I could easily bake apple cake every single weekend. We have three apple trees, all producing continuous fruit for several weeks. One counter in our kitchen is currently just a pile of apples in various bowls, baskets and bags – it’s like living in a farmers market. We have several types of apples – from small, sweet red ones to big green cooking apples. And this excess apple supply means getting a touch inventive with our fruit! Grated apple and yoghurt is my new favourite food. Sausage rolls with apple and onion make a perfect packed lunch. Baked apples stuffed with mincemeat or sultanas served with cream are best eaten slowly in front of Downton Abbey on a Sunday evening. But, sometimes, a good old hearty apple cake is just the thing._DSC0566I’ve made apple cakes before but there seem to be so many variations out there I know this won’t be my last. This cake is different because of the two flavours that share the stage with the apple – the maple syrup and fresh ginger. The maple syrup adds a caramel flavour and richness to the cake, whilst the ginger adds spice and warmth._DSC0565The recipe originally stated that the maple syrup should just be poured on top of the baked cake, but I have an issue with ingredients in the title of a dish not actually being in it. Also, the cake batter was really dry – practically a dough – so I wanted to loosen it, so I added around 2tbsp of maple syrup to the cake. This cake is versatile as it keeps well and is good warm out the oven with crème fraiche but also sturdy enough to be eaten cold in your hand the next day. Overall, I liked this cake as a sweet treat but would not say it was the best apple cake ever. Which means that I still need to bake more apple cakes to find that winner! Well, those apples won’t cook themselves…_DSC0572

9 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love to bake with apples. That cake looks really delicious! Perfect with a good cuppa. ;-P

Cheers,

Rosa

La Table De Nana said...

A friend of mine..maybe 30 yrs ago..made apple crisp w/ ginger..all the flavors go so well together..and Maple syrup? Well..I can just imagine..however your cheese biscuits are still center stage here..Mixing up yet another batch:)

I have a few apple cakes up my sleeve..maybe 4 faves..Too bad this one wasn't for you..But that's how we get to know which are:)

Thank you!

garden at nina place said...

Such a lovely cake. I am sure it delicious too!

sixteencupcakes said...

Apple cake is my favourite, I know you said it wasn't the best ever, but it sure looks good to me. :D

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a lovely cake - I can just smell it baking in the oven - delicious!
Mary x

Faith said...

What a beautiful cake for autumn! Great minds think alike, I just made an apple cake too...but you're right there are so many different kinds, I'm tempted to make this one now, lol! Love the addition of maple.

Kezia said...

Even if it isn't the best apple cake ever, it still looks really tasty!

Lizzy said...

Mmmmm....this must have such a marvelous flavor! It looks simply wonderful :)

Jacqueline said...

I came over from La Table De Nana! How wonderful that you love to bake! What a beautiful blog you have and your photos are wonderful too. I am drooling over your cake and your brandy snaps, your breads and crackers. Wish my daughters had caught on to my love of baking!

I love that you are keeping all of this on a blog! What a wonderful thing.