This particular recipe has the comment next to it, "This cake can be prepared so quickly and tastes so good, that it deserves some kind of recognition as a 'best' cake. It makes a quick and delicious dessert, and the recipe - the origins of which are unknown as it has been passed down the family - is almost always requested by those who sample it".
So I thought that is a good comment, and I am always open to trying new recipes because I enjoy baking. So here goes.
Quick and Easy Apple Cake
2 cooking apples (med to large Granny smiths are ideal) (I think I used about 4-5 small cooking apples, and I didn't peel them)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins or sultanas (I didn't have either, so just left them out)
1 1/4 cups wholemeal flour (once again, something I didn't have, so I just used plain flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Peel, core and slice apples thinly. (I didn't peel them, I just sliced them - it was much faster!) Place in a bowl and cover with the sugar.
Stir in the raisins and the sifted dry ingredients until just mixed.
Line the bottom of a ring tin or 20cm round tin with butter or greaseproof paper.
Pour in the cake mixture and spread evenly.
Bake at 180 degrees C for 35-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. (The timing can depend on how fresh/juicy your apples are).
Note: if you are using plain flour, the cake will take between 50-60 minutes to cook.
Turn out onto a cake rack and cool. Serve at room temperature or warm, dusted with icing sugar and accompanied by whipped cream or yoghurt.
My cake turned out a lot bigger than it initially looked in the cake tin. I was very pleased with how this cake turned out. I got the cake tin for christmas from my mum, and it was the first time I had had a chance to use it. I buttered it liberally, and the cake was really easy to remove and I love the fluted look - the cake looks like it says "Eat Me!" I don't think it mattered at all that I hadn't peeled the apples - it wasn't noticeable. Again, this cake didn't sit around for too long in my house!
I believe that food is made to be shared - I certainly enjoy making good food and sharing it with friends and family. I hope you and your whanau enjoy this cake too.