Friday, 30 April 2010

'Tartlettes' Apple Cake..... Mood = Inspiration

One of my favourite blogs has to be Tartlette. It is not only beautiful to look at, but the recipes are to die for! The photography makes you want to climb into the page and have a bite. I love trying all sorts of recipes but when i am in no mood to have a failure and i want something guaranteed, this is the place to go. So Apples are my favourite fruit, as i find them so diverse for desserts and puddings, and i stumbled across her apple and cardamom cake and decided that was it!

I am pretty good at having everything in stock so when i realised i didn't have any cardamom powder i felt a huge burst inside me. But then quickly decided it was going to be cinnamon instead. I know it is typical to use cinnamon but it simply is a marriage made in heaven. And the rest of the ingredients are pretty much bog standard what you would find in your baking cupboard. Well, mine anyway....

The cake turned out so moist, and fluffy, with plenty of flavour and colour. Just the way a cake should be. The cooking in two stages is great also as it allows for a buffer for the apples so as not to get burnt and covered with a layer of creamed goodness.

Recipe:

175g Plain flour
100g sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
190 ml whole milk
80 ml oil
1 egg
2 apples peeled and cored and sliced thinly.

Topping:

100g sugar
80 g butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  • Line and coat your baking pan. I used an 9" recommended by tartlette.
  • In a large mixing bowl put all the dry ingredients in for the cake.
  • In another bowl, mix the oil, egg and milk together and incorporate them to the flour mix.
  • Make sure it is well combined.
  • Pour into your pan and layer with the apples in a fan shape, or whatever you are comfortable with.
  • Cook for approximately ten minutes at 180 degrees.
  • While it is cooking, mix together your butter and sugar to create a light fluffy mixture and add your egg and vanilla extract. It should become a paste almost. If it curdles slightly, i would add a teaspoon of flour to help. This should bring it back together.
  • Then cover the cake with the topping.
  • You will need to cook it at 180 degrees for another 20-25 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream, fruit compote or just serve alone. It can stand the limelight. It was simply perfect.

8 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

Absolutely stunning. I have a theory that these olive oil cakes (oil instead of butter) are like the best cakes ever. Each one i've tried looks so amazing and have the most incredible texture.
Good job on making this apple cake. Tartlettes blog intimidates me LOL
Have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi HH, i couldnt agree more with you about oil cakes.... They always turn out so beautifully. Fluffy and moist. Yumm! As for tartlettes blog, i couldnt agree with you more. Wonderful blog, very intimidating but i love a challenge.
Have a wonderful weekend too.

ukinana said...

Ok, first, yummmmm!!!!!!!!
second, i love the photos on this post!!! Just amazing! did u get a new photographer or is it just sunnier in London?!
i'm definetly gonna try this, thanks for sharing,
love u
xxx

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Ukinana, it is so yumm! you have to try it. The photos are taken by my new canon eos 500d. You have to get it. I have been using it for a while now. Its actually really cloudy in london. No sunshine here!!!! Camera was just pretending. Try it and let me know what you think. Bit A3ked!
Love u too
xxxx

Tia said...

looks so good!!! i love tertlette but i'm with HH... slightly intimidated.

tasteofbeirut said...

i love tartelette too and I can even admit I considered making this one cake too! cardamom is a spice that I adore to use. Love your photos as well.

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hey Tia, It was a lovely cake, you should try it. Tatrlette is amazing. The photgraphy is perfect and teh recipes are even better. TOB its one to make. unfortunately i didnt have cardomam. But it still turned out perfectly!

Cherine said...

yummm this tartelette looks fantastic!