Thursday, 4 October 2012

What Katie Ate's Apple Tea Cake...What to do with a crate full of apples?

One of the perks of working in advertising is that I get to meet some amazing people. Obviously, every day I'm surrounded by very talented, inspirational, creative people, but every once in a while you get to meet someone you look up to and admire. We recently had a shoot for one of my clients and the photographer was Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate. You know... amazing photography, great recipes, beautiful style. I promise, I had absolutely no influence over the choice of photographer. Really...I didn't! Here's a snap of Katie in action. And then there's Mish, the amazing producer/reflector holder. What a team!
I didn't get to spend as much time with her as I wanted, but it was still great to her. I wish I could have picked her brain a bit more about my blog, but I have to save something for the next time I meet her I guess.

Anyway, there was literally a crate full of apples on the day of the shoot, so we each walked away with a lovely bag full of pink ladies. The apples that is. So when I was figuring out what to make for dessert on Saturday night for dinner at a friends house, I thought it was highly appropriate to make something from the What Katie Ate blog with apples in it. Luckily, Katie had a delicious sounding Apple Tea Cake on the blog.
Word of warning...this cake is fantastic. It's one of those uncomplicated, delicious, homely, comforting cakes that you warms your heart on a rainy day.

185g softened butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (or a touch more if you want)
2/3 C caster sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 C plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 C milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 small green apples (although I used pink ladies)
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (again, add a bit more if you want)
1/4 C apricot jam (I used apple as that's what I had in the fridge)

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. Line the bottom of a 22cm spring form tin with butter and then baking paper. I go a bit OCD and cut a circle the size of the base of the tin with the baking paper, but that's just me. I also lined the rest of the pan with butter, and then put some caster sugar on it to help make sure the cake didn't stick to the sides.
Put the 185g soften butter, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and 2/3 C caster sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until it's light and creamy. Well, not really light as it has cinnamon in it so won't go light, but definitely creamy. I was feeling a bit lazy so used my standing mixer as opposed to my hand held mixer.
Add in the 3 eggs one at a time and beat well. Don't worry if it looks like it curdles a bit, once you add the flour that sorts itself out.
Sift the 1 1/2 C plain flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder into the bowl with the butter mixture. Add in the 1/2 C milk and 1 tsp vanilla essence and stir (don't beat) until well combined.
Spoon the cake mixture into the baking tin, and smooth it out a bit.
To make the topping, peel, halve and core the 4 apples.
Cut deep slits across the apple, about 5mm apart, but don't cut through the apple. Arrange the apples halves on top of the cake. Again, I'm a bit OCD so before I cut slices in the apples, I actually figured out how I'd arrange them on top of the cake to make sure they'd fit. I only ended up using 7 halves.
Mix the 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the apples on the cake. Put the cake in the oven and bake for 50mins.
Heat up the 1/4 C jam, and add a little water if its too thick. After the cakes baked for 50mins, take it out and brush it with the warm jam. Put the cake back in the oven, or until it's cooked (a skewer comes out clean when tested).
Now serve, preferably a little warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So that's it...Now excuse me while I go gobble down my second slice for the day.


  1. That looks so delicious Liss, well done. Might be my weekend baking project :)

    1. DO IT! It's one of those cakes that smells amazing when you're baking it. Mine came out a touch undercooked underneath the apples from the moisture that came from them I think, but I wouldn't wanted to have cooked it any more. Make sure you warm it up a touch when you're eating any leftovers.

      Are you going to any talks at Crave this weekend? Or the MasterChef event?


  2. That looks wonderful. I'm sure my whole house will smell like heaven! Love the food shoot photo!

  3. I love this way of baking an apple cake! So beautiful, perfect for fall!