Monday, December 21, 2009

Kitchen adventures: Baking an apple cake

Rule #1 in baking - You have to precise with the measurements. Unless you are a pastry chef and know what you are doing, stick to the measurements - 1tbsp is 3 tea spoons -  not more not less.

We had a dessert potluck at lunch Friday last and I decided on baking a apple-cake this time - bundt style.

Found a recipe online which was a 'tube pan' version. Also found a variation of it using a 'bundt' version. All credit to web 2.0 - the link to the variation was in one of the comments of people who tried the recipes.

The reason for the bundt version is obvious. I don't have a tube pan (note to self: get a tube pan)

The recipe is simple enough.

Step 1: Get 6 apples (Macintosh, Gala), peel, core and chop to bite sizes, toss with a tablespoon of cinnamon and 5 table spoons of bakers sugar

Step 2: Mix 2 and 3/4 cups of all purpose flour (don't forget to sift), 1 table spoon of baking powder, a tea spoon of salt.

Step 3: Mix 1 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 1/2 tea spoons vanilla extract and 2 cups bakers sugar

Step 4: Fold wet (step 3) to dry (step 2) ingredients, and mix 4 eggs into the mixture, one at a time

I hope you had preheated the oven to 350, it's time to bake.

Final step: Grease the pan, layer 1/2 of batter and 1/2 of the apples, and repeat. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Check the cake every 5 minutes after the hour with a stick until it comes out clean.

You got yourself a fantastic cake!

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