This cake is a real favourite of mine..it’s a gorgeous light sponge packed with bramley apples. Just perfect for this time of year!
Vanilla Apple Cake
250g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
250g self-raising flour
1 vanilla pod, seeds removed (I used 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)
4 eggs, beaten
3 small Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 tbsp demerara sugar
A quarter of a tsp of ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4.
Grease a 20cm springform round cake tin, and line with baking paper.
Cream the sugar and butter together until the mixture turns light and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and vanilla seeds then beat together quickly to make a smooth batter.
Tip into the prepared tin, then lay the apple wedges on top, poking them halfway into the mix. If the apples seem crowded don’t worry – they will shrink as they cook.
Sprinkle with the demerara sugar and cinnamon and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the sponge is risen and golden.
I love the crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!