I've said before about how recipes that have me dotting about the kitchen, doing one process after another, are no good these days. Well that goes for baking too. So you can imagine the attraction of seeing this recipe - one bowl? Count me in!
Not only is it one bowl, but there's no messing about with whisks other than a hand whisk to blend the eggs in, there's no "mix this with that in one bowl, then that with this in another, oh and you'll need another smaller one for this and maybe to put that on a plate", thus creating a mountain of washing up. Nope. One bowl, a set of measuring cups (ones that microwave - for the butter, you know), a chopping board, knife and/or peeler and you're done. I like that.
|Hot out of the oven|
I found the original recipe on Facebook and consequently, I have no idea who to attribute it to. However, thank you - whoever you are - for your cake! I'm not sure what - other than the simplicity of the preparation - it was that attracted me to this cake recipe. After all, it's really just apples and cinnamon and I could get an apple/cinnamon fix from making an apple crumble. It just looked like it would be munchy. Munchy is good.
|With a cup of tea?|
Who am I kidding? I'd eat this cake at any time of the day and with or without a drink alongside. I really think it has taken the crown as my very favourite cake. Sorry, coffee and walnut cake, you've just been superceded!
|Cooled and ready to cut|
Oh and don't think you need lovely fresh apples to make it work, either. I used two very old and leathery Russets, one ancient Jazz, one sad and decrepit old Braeburn and two new, fresh and lively Braeburns. Once they're peeled and in the cake, you can't tell the difference. So, don't waste those wrinkly, sad apples - give them a splendid job to do and make this cake!
|Or maybe with coffee - everything goes!|
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a tea plate here and it is embarrassingly empty. I believe I have some cake somewhere that will do the job nicely ...
ONE BOWL APPLE CAKE (serves 8-10)
2 large eggs
1.5 cups golden caster sugar
2 heaped tsp cinnamon
half a cup of melted salted butter
6 medium crisp apples
2 cups self raising flour
1.5 tsp baking powder.
Preheat oven to 180degC/350degF/Gas4.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.
Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown).
Mix together the baking powder and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix quickly but well until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients.
Pour mixture into a lined 9″ round springform pan. Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle, comes out clean.