Wednesday, 1 June 2011

'Surprise' Apple Loaf Cake

I'd have a lovely weekend & I'd spent most times in food & baking.
My plan for the weekend was to work as the deadline of my assignment is soon.
I was feeling lazy & it was weekend after all.

I love apples & so most of my recipes posted here are about apples, so does chocolate.
Here come another apple cake but it's no ordinary cake.
Take a first look outside, mmm... buttter cake.

Look again, there are apples inside!
I love the idea of baking the cake with the whole apples in it.
The recipe is from one of the books I bought from Shenzhen.
The book includes butter cakes only, half of it is about savoury butter cakes which aren't really my type.
After the success of this lovely butter cake, I might give it a try.
It was bright & sunny in the morning when I took the photos.
I set up a table in the front garden & took all the photos there.
Great lighting & the photos look good, I should take more food photos in the garden.
People passing by might wonder what am I doing... If you see a girl shooting cakes in the front garden, that might be me.

'Surprise' Apple Loaf Cake
Recipe (loaf cake):
adapted from 'Fall in Love with Cakes'爱上蛋糕:我的甜蜜烘焙)
Sweet Apples
3 small/medium apples
20 g sugar
20 g unsalted butter
3 dried prunes
1 tbsp rum
1 tbsp elderflower cordial (optional)
3 cinnamon sticks

Blend rum & prunes in a small bowl, set aside.
Wash & prick apples with fork, use a spoon to remove the core.
Combine sugar, melted butter & cordial, spoon into the apples.
Place apples in a microwave-proof bowl, cover with cling film & heat in a microwave at medium power for 10 min.
Once cool, put one prune inside each apple followed by a cinnamon stick.

100 g unsalted butter
60 g sugar
2 eggs
120 g plain flour
3 sweet apples
4 tbsp apple syrup from above

Line the loaf cake pan with baking paper.
In a large bowl, whisk softened butter with sugar until pale & fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth.
Sieve in the flour, mix to combine.
Pour in the apple syrup & mix until smooth.
Pour in 1/3 of the batter, flatten the surface then put in the sweet apples.
Cover the apples & fill in the gap with remaining batter.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 10 min, lower to 170C & bake for 20 min.
Remove from the oven, brush some rum over the cake & leave to cool on a wire rack.


  1. Haha, I take food photos for my blog outside, too! I live in an apartment and usually wear my bright blue pajamas (with little neon pink hearts on the pants), have messy hair, no make-up, so I think my neighbours must think I am CRAZY for being outside with a camera and a slice of cake in the morning.

    Anyways, I love your photos and recipes. :)

  2. What a great idea, and such a stunning cake. Your photos are beautiful!

  3. To Christine,

    The lighting is great in the morning, so I guess I'll be joining you & take photos in my pyjamas!

    To Eva,

    Thanks for stopping by & leaving lovely comments :)

  4. Bookmarked your blog. :) very lovely pics and presentation. Got to try your recipes out in my free time.

  5. Hi,
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