I wanted to enter something for Julia's Snow Day Bake Off, but as we still haven't had any snow here, I didn't have a picture to send in. I made a cake anyway and then the frost came - no snow, but lots of frost. I've been waking up to a white roofed town every morning for the last few days. So I now feel I can submit this recipe, even if it wasn't taken on a particularly white day.
The weekend before last, I spent 3 1/2 hours stirring apple puree to make apple butter - a labour of love I'm not sure I will repeat, although the result was rather a good one. Now I have a few more jars sitting in my kitchen with nowhere to go - my store cupboard is already overly full. I've given one away and we've been eating apple butter on toast, but how about using some in a cake? It was Wendy from the Omnivorous Bear who got me in to the whole apple butter thing in the first place and I had a vague recollection that she had made a cake with hers. Indeed she had and a very nice cake it sounded. One of the points of using apple butter in a cake is that you can substitute it for fat - that's the theory anyway. Wendy had reduced the oil in her recipe rather than eliminating it all together, which sounded very sensible to me. So without looking further I adapted her recipe in a number of ways, but mostly to include chocolate and flavouring it with orange rather than vanilla as follows:
- Peeled, cored and chopped 2 large cooking apples (unnamed Cornish variety) mixed in 1 tbsp lemon juice to stop the apple going brown.
- Beat 200g castor sugar, 60ml rapeseed oil and 2 duck eggs together until thick and creamy.
- Beat in 2 large tbsp of apple butter followed by 200ml Greek yogurt.
- Sieved in 300g flour (150g wholemeal spelt, 120g white spelt, 30g quinoa flour), 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda, a pinch of salt and a dsp of dried powdered orange zest (could use grated zest of 1 orange).
- Mixed in 50ml cider
- Stirred in 100g finely chopped orange milk chocolate (Divine) and the apples.
- Spooned into a 23cm round cake thingie.
- Scattered 1 tbsp demerara sugar over the top.
- Baked for 40 mins at 180C.