Apple Loaf Cake. Fall/Autumn is approaching and that means that there is an abundance of apples and other such fruit. Autumn is a wonderful time of year, almost like spring but different, on the one hand the trees start to change colours and get orange leaves and then the leaves start to drop off and you are left with the stark leaves. The days start to draw in and it gets cooler.
You start to think about putting on the central heating or lighting the fires if you have one. You also start to see all the new seasons of apples appearing in the shops and at the green grocer. If you are lucky enough to know someone who has an apple tree, they normally have an abundance of apples. This is where the idea of this apple loaf cake came from.
I like apples but never seem to eat them, I tend to veer towards bananas. However, the other day I was given some apples which were freshly picked and full of flavour, so I decided to make an Apple Loaf Cake. This cake is so easy to make and the hardest thing about it is the grating of the apples, which really, if you put them through a food processor using the grater attachment, this is really not that difficult at all.
So if you are looking for something to bake this weekend but are time poor, then why not give this apple loaf cake a go? I have adapted this recipe from You Lets Bake which is a wonderful book full of good baking recipes.
This apple loaf cake is also something you could easily make with your children as it is so easy and they can help with the mixing of the ingredients in the bowl.
I hope you enjoy the recipe and see you soon.
Apple Loaf Cake
A wonderfully moist cake full of the flavours of Autumn. This cake will have you reaching for a cup of tea and relaxing with a good book. It also keeps well, so if you want to get ahead and have something on hand before someone drops in for a cup of tea, this is a good cake to make.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 Loaf Cake 1x
- 2 cups plain cake flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 cup butter about 115g (this should be softened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs 3 if you only have medium
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup pecan nuts finely chopped
- 3 apples cored and grated
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line and grease a 20 x 10cm loaf tin with cake release spray and if you like you can put in a loaf tin liner. Set aside.
- Using an electric whisk or a wooden spoon, beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until well combined and light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well between each egg.
- Sift the cake flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into the cake mixture, alternate with the buttermilk. So the way to do this is to put the dry ingredients into a sift, over the cake mixture, sift a third of it in, add a third of the buttermilk, mix well, then repeat until dry ingredients and buttermilk are combined.
- Add the vanilla essence, grated apples and chopped pecan nuts. Combine these with the other ingredients gently but firmly until well combined, then pour or spoon the batter into the prepared loaf tin.
- Bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until it is a lovely golden brown and a testing skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
- Leave to cool for about 10 minutes on a loaf rack before turning out and allowing to cool completely. Enjoy with a cup of tea whilst curled up with a good book or with friends.
So there you have it, my Apple Loaf Cake, adapted slightly from You Lets Cook by Carmen Niehaus.
I hope you liked this and make it during the fall season.