Some things that are really good look really bad. Like… for example…
Okay okay I can’t really think of any things that are really good and really bad looking. Except this cake.
So I made this cake last weekend for some of my friends, and it went down a real hit. They loved it. So I thought, great! I will bake it again, take some quick pics and throw it on the blog. But no.
I made it again, and for some reason things just went wrong. I was too confident. I put too much apple and I think it was too heavy for the cake. Also I was too keen, I cut into it straight from the oven and it sort of collapsed in the middle. If only I’d waited for it to cool down…
This is also a good example of how practice does not always make perfect. Sometimes practice makes things worse.
The good news is- this is still one of the most delicious things. So make it. Just, don’t be like me. Be patient, be reserved. Be calm about your cake. And it will be perfect.
Apple Crumble Cake
225g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
225g caster sugar
150g butter, melted
Measure the flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs and butter into a bowl. Mix well, then beat.
Pour this mixture into a loaf or cake tin and make the topping.
For the topping:
1 large cooking apple
caster sugar, for sprinkling
cinnamon, for sprinkling
150g plain flour
90g brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Peel the apple and cut it into thin slices. Sprinkle some caster sugar and cinnamon on it- not too much, probably no more sugar than about a tablespoon, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Lay these slices of apple on top of your cake mixture.
In a large bowl, rub the butter into the flour, until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the sugar and mix in.
Sprinkle this over the top of your cake.
Bake for about 50 minutes to an hour in a 160 degree oven.
I would strongly suggest allowing the cake to cool, and stabilise a little bit, before cutting into it!