The clocks have turned back, the rich warm-toned leaves are falling from the trees and it is time to find things to do with all those apples! We have 3 apple trees in the garden, two were there before we moved in, so I have no idea what type they are. The smaller one has developed a massive hole in the trunk, and I keep thinking it is going to die, (which is why I planted a new tree) but seems to have grown around the hole and stoically carries on. The other is one of those triploid trees with 3 branches of different types of apple, and doesn’t grow very evenly because of it. One branch is a Bramley and the others are some sort of dessert apple. The newer tree we planted didn’t produce any apples (typical!) but these older trees generously give us more apples than we can eat.
I know there is always apple pie and apple crumble, but I felt like making a cake. I like apple in cakes, because it nearly always creates a lovely moist texture. However, sometimes they can be a bit disappointing and I feel I am on a mission to find the definitive tasty apple cake.
Method for making Upside-down Apple and Honey cake
Anne Shooter’s Sesame & Spice book, which can be obtained here Sesame & Spice has some really delicious recipes and I thought I would try her Upside-down Apple and Honey cake.
I pretty much followed the recipe as written, except for splitting the cake batter into 2 smaller cake tins, so I had to watch the cooking times because, as you would expect, they baked much more quickly, in about 30 mins.
I like the way that, by carefully placing the apples in the bottom of the tin and turning it out upside-down, it creates a nice pattern on top of the cake.
Would I make it again?
Yes I would, it is a scrumptious cake. I might try a more flavoursome honey next time, as I used a supermarket own brand one that didn’t have a lot of flavour. Is it the definitive apple cake? I think no … the search continues…