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cook*create*read: Apple cake with honey icing

Monday, February 27, 2012

Apple cake with honey icing

So, my first recipe for my week of Hungry? ...

Apple cake with honey icing
This is a wonderfully fragrant hug in a cake.  All my favourite flavours are in here (well, apart from chips with salt and vinegar, but that would be decidedly odd!) ... vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, apple.  It is delicious and light, slightly crunchy around the edges.  I think it would be superb with some whipped cream in the middle, just to cut through the sweetness slightly. 

Serves 8
For the cake
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of grated nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
200ml olive oil
seeds from 1 vanilla pod (I used 1tsp vanilla essence)
zest of 1 lemon
1 whole egg
1 egg white
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
For the icing
200g icing sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice (I used 1 lemon)
4 tablespoons runny honey (I only used 2 tablespoons - misread the recipe!)

  • Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4.  Grease and line two 23cm cake tins.
  • Mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, vanilla seeds (or essence) and lemon zest.  Then whisk in one of the eggs, and mix in the apples.  Gradually add the flour, mixing as you got, until you have a smooth, quite thick batter.  Set this aside.
  • In a third bowl, whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form.  Carefully fold this into the batter mixture, keeping it as airy as possible.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined cake tins and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  Once golden and cooked, allow to cool on a rack.
  • Sieve the icing sugar (I must admit, I didn't bother to sieve it!) into a mixing bowl.  Gradually add the lemon juice, followed by the honey.  The icing should be quite runny.  Taste the icing now!  Taste a little bit odd?  Don't fret, it won't once it's on the cake!
  • Once the cake is cool, sandwich to the two together with half the icing.  Drizzle the rest of the icing over the top, allowing it to run down the sides of the cake.  Enjoy!
(adapted from Hungry? - a book by innocent)

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At February 27, 2012 10:06 am , Blogger Sue said...

Ohhh my stomach just growled....sounds yummy!

At February 27, 2012 10:30 pm , Blogger Traceyr said...

That does sound like a lovely and cuddly recipe Suzie. :)


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