Here is a super easy cake involving apples and apple cider. I loved this cake as it was simple to make and making an apple cider reduction gives the cake plenty of apple flavor.
I love apple pie, apple crumble, French apple or anything apple when it comes to a dessert and yet I don’t tend to make desserts with apples. When I worked in the commercial kitchen we would experiment by making apple cakes (which was more of a batter then a crust), I just never liked the ones we would make.
For the fall, I decided I wanted to try my own version of an apple cake so I created this recipe, I did use a few other recipes as guidelines and took the best of what I read to develop this cake recipe.
The key is the reduction of the apple cider, to reduce apple cider, take a cup of cider and cook it on the stove until it becomes 1/4 cup, here is the before
I used granny smith apples as they are great for baking
I shredded the peeled apples, the old fashion way using a grater, it was so much easier then pulling out the food processor
I wanted to wring out the extra moister so I placed the shredded apple in a towel and squeezed as much of the juice out that I could, do not omit this step
beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy, then add eggs, one at a time, make sure it is mixed well
In a separate bowl put “dry” ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt) and to cream add apple cider leaving the “wet” ingredients
Just like I did in my blueberry cake, alternat adding adding 1/3 of dry ingredients, mixed until blended, add 1/2 of wet ingredients and mixed it up, add another 1/3 of dry ingreditents and mix, add all of the remaining wet ingredients, mix again and end with dry ingredients
Add the shredded apple and zest from 1 lemon and mixed it by hand until everything was incorporated. Don’t worry if your apple has some discoloration to it, it won’t matter once it’s baked up.
Put in an 8×8 pan, sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar on top and baked it for about 50-55 minutes…YUM!
Now for the glaze, while the cake was baking I did the same thing with the apple cider by taking a cup and reducing it to only 2 tablespoons. I put the apple glaze in with confectioners sugar and used just slightly over 1 tablespoon of milk, if you like your glaze more runny add more milk and if you like a more thick glaze add less milk
here is a photo of the mixed glaze
Once the cake cooled off, slice your piece and drizzle some of the glaze on top (this can be optional as well)
I loved this recipe as you can see from my photo, you do not see large chunks of apple or any apple at all, just looks like a cake. The flavor of the apple is amazing, by reducing the apple cider, you intensify the flavor even more which helps bring out the apple flavor.
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum