Sunday, January 20, 2013

Upside Down Apple Cake

been longing for this moment.. a semester break for me  before started back with a teaching practical near from home @SMK Ayer Puteh.. half an hour drive from home.. alhamdulillah.back with my super busy routine here.. doing house chores.. with new baby, Deeja the little girl.. my so called twins kashif and Sara .. n abang Kelly..

Kelly asked me to bake some apple pie.. which i did and there were some apples left.. 3 apples to be exact..  I like cakes.. dense and moist cakes.. a good friend of mine, Fied just bought me a baking book by William Sonoma @BBW super booksales at very good price.. there is a recipe for pineapple cake and as usual based on the recipe i made my own version of cake using leftover apples .. tastewise: almost like carrot cake with nutty it is

The base (caramelised apples):

3 granny smith apples skinned and sliced
about 50 gm butter (i prefer more)
2 tbsp of granulated sugar
2 tbsp of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

i just loved cinnamon.. n it is a good marriage with apples..

how to make?
put everything in a pan.. apples,the butter, sugar and sugar, cinnamon powder.. cook until the apples became soft and tender.. put aside to cool down.. you can smell a beautiful fragrance of cinnamon in the kitchen  ... then arrange the caramelised apples in a baking pan..

the cake batter:

1 1/4 cup cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (125 gm) butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar  #i prefer less sweet cakes
1/2 cup ground almond (lightly toasted)
3 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk     #i made this using 1/2 cup milk + 1 tsp white vinegar.. 

How to make?
the simplest thing.. this is when the technology is created ... use the stand mixer..don't forget to preheat your oven first..

  1.  ok, put the butter and sugar in the mixer..cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.. means a pale looking cream...
  2. pause the mixer, put the yolks+vanilla, buttermilk,ground almond and flour+baking soda+salt... little by little.. mix again one by one because u dont want it splash over ur face.. 
  3.  mix it until it well incorporated..  

    4. then, pour the batter onto the arranged apples that we made earlier... 
    5. bake the cake @180'C for about 30 minutes but it depends on the oven.. do check ur cake.. poke with a knife in the middle of the cake.. if ti comes out clean.. it means done.. take a plate and invert on top of the baking pan , holding the plate and pan together.. invert them.. gently put off the pan.. wallah.. here is ur upside down apple cake.. best serve it with cream or cream cheese icing
    bon apetit !