Does anything say autumn quite as well as a kitchen filled with the aromas of baking apples and cinnamon? I don’t think so!
This loaf cake may look quiet and unassuming, but the flavours pack a real punch, and with a deliciously soft and squidgy texture it was VERY hard to stop myself from going back for slice after slice.
The original recipe, from Cookies and Cups, was for a bundt cake iced with browned butter frosting. Looks ever so slightly different to my version!
I had originally intended to make the cake the same but just in a smaller quantity, as bundt cakes tend to be big enough to feed an army. Fate intervened however, when I opened the cupboard to discover I was totally out of icing sugar – a shameful situation for any baker to find themselves in!
I toyed with the idea of trying to make some other sort of icing instead, but in the end I decided I would leave the cake as-is and just hope no one complained. Luckily it went down a storm, and a couple people even commented that they didn’t think they would like it as much with icing!
If it’s a cold, wet and windy day, and you want something that will make you feel like actually, the colder months do have their good points, then this is the cake to make.
Apple and cinnamon loaf cake (adapted from Cookies and Cups)
- 115g butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 100g brown sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 150g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced (180g total)
Beat the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, beating until well mixed and scraping down the sides of the bowl. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, then fold into the cake mixture. Finally, stir in the chopped apples then spread the batter into a greased and lined 9×5″ loaf tin.
Bake at 170 degrees for around 45 minutes, or until springy to the touch and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin before turning out and slicing to serve.