This cake is quick and easy to prepare.  Cutting the apples is the most difficult part and that clearly is not too taxing. It is wetter than a coffee cake and has the lovely accent of juicy apples.  If you choose it has a hint of ginger.  A nice warming cake for the Fall/Winter Holiday season!  I found a similar recipe online a while ago and could not be happier. 

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger (you can play with this amount to taste and fresh - ginger is nicer, either is optional)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c sunflower oil or safflower oil
  • 1/4 c water
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 3 apples (or interchange with pears) (If I'm making for myself, I don't peel) thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Oil a 9-inch round pan & place parchment paper on the bottom.  Note: to cut this, place the pan on top of the parchment paper fold up the paper around the pan to make a crease and then cut). 

I was sloppy with my cutting.  I didn't want to draw on the paper, but it was actually helpful to have the paper go past the bottom crease of the pan.

I was sloppy with my cutting.  I didn't want to draw on the paper, but it was actually helpful to have the paper go past the bottom crease of the pan.

Oil the top of the parchment paper.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

 
Zesting the lemon

Zesting the lemon

 

Make a little well and mix in the oil, water, vanilla, and vinegar.

 
 

Don't go crazy with the mixing.  The batter will look Similar to a bit like drop biscuit batter. 

Make a circular pattern with the sliced apples or pears to cover the bottom of the pan.

 
 

Now, fold in the remaining fruit into the batter, in the bowl. I chopped mine before adding them to the batter.

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  • Place dollops of batter on top of the circular patterning of apples or pears. Spread it with a spatula or your fingers.  
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  • Place in the oven and allow the cake to bake for about 30-35 minutes (the time depends on your oven). Around 15-20 mins into the cooking time, turn the cake 180 degrees.  

 

  • Remove the cake once a cake tester (or toothpick) placed in the middle of the cake comes out "clean".  
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Cool...

 

  • To serve, loosen the cake with a frosting spatula and flip the cake over onto a serving plate.  Following this remove the parchment paper.  You can serve with powdered sugar or not.

Dessert time!

Served with coconut almond vanilla bean ice cream

Served with coconut almond vanilla bean ice cream

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