Thinking of a cake to bake Mikey for his birthday was a problem, you see he doesn’t really like very sweet cakes. He can’t possibly get that from me. I searched high and low for a cake that wouldn’t be too sweet, but that would still feel like a real birthday cake.
I remembered baking a yummy cake last January, a German Apple Cake, so I thought that would be perfect for a little boy who doesn’t like very sweet cakes. It was just about perfect for his birthday cake and went wonderfully with some yummy vanilla ice cream. I decided to bake one normal sized cake and then an individual cake for Mikey. I baked them in the morning while he was out eating breakfast with his daddy. Before he could eat the cake though, there was lots of fun to be had. Opening gifts and a trip to the circus!
After the circus, we came home and played with Mikey’s new toys. We had sausage and mashed potato for dinner and then cake and ice cream after. We spent the rest of the evening watching Toy Story and playing. It was a great day!
The cake pictured at the top is the individual one that I made for Mikey. Below is the larger, extra one that I made for my husband and I. Both were delicious!
German Apple Cake
from Honey & Jam
1 Cup Organic, unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real stuff, not the imitation)
2 apples (I used red apples but you can use any)
2 tablespoons raw turbinado sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F and butter a 9 inch round baking pan. If you want to make individual ones, there should be enough batter for 3 or 4 16oz round ovenproof dishes.
Peel and core the apples. I don’t have an apple corer so I cut mine in half to cut out the core, they looked slightly haphazard this way but the cake is quite rustic so they were fine. Cut the apples into around 6 slices each.
Cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy, on high speed for around 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, taking care to scrape down the bowl after each. Then stir in the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture all at once and mix on a low speed until incorporated. Spoon into the baking pan.
Score the peeled edges of the apple with a fork and place on top of the batter around the edge.
Sprinkle the top with the raw sugar and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until the top is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.