The women in our family are renowned for their amazing baking skills. I even recognised this as a young girl, once proclaiming to my mum that I wanted to be a ‘good cooker’ just like her. I don’t think my cooking skills come so easily or as naturally as they do my mum and grandmother, but I am keen and once I put my hand to something, I make it work.
As a kid I remember mum making mostly Finnish dishes. She was known for her cakes and sweet treats, she would often whip up a batch of Finnish ‘Pulla’, traditional cardamom and cinnamon buns, which we eagerly ate with deep appreciation. Or she’d make her famous chocolate cake topped with hundreds and thousands (I am yet to post that one here). And then there was her wonderful apple cake. Mostly I remember the way she would fan the apple wedges on top, I always loved the look of it. Now, I love the taste of it.
Recently my Mum gave me an old Finnish cookbook published in 1967 titled Suuri Keittokirja, I remember it well from my childhood. This recipe is in this cookbook. I smiled as I flicked through noticing the black and white food photographs, oh how far we have come with food photography.
I made this cake after a special request from the ever-sassy Veggie Mama. She asks, I deliver.
150g unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups sugar (250g)
1 ½ cups plain flour (210g)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarb (baking) soda
3 medium size Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sugar (to coat apples)
Preheat oven to 175oC. Grease a small springform cake tin.
Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well until combined.
In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and bicarb soda together, add to butter mixture and combine well. Pour combined mix into cake tin.
Cut the peeled apples into wedges, score the rounded edges (the part that was peeled) with a knife making cuts lengthways. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, add apples and coat with cinnamon sugar mix. Arrange apple pieces on top of the cake mixture, rounded side of apple facing up. Press in gently so that apple is halfway in cake mix. Bake in oven for approx 1 hour and 10 minutes or until cake bounces back and is golden in colour.
(My cake sunk in the middle due to placing it on a plate with raised sides and the fact I transferred the cake while it was still hot – silly me!)
If you wish, you can sprinkle slivered almonds on top prior to baking.
This recipe was lovingly shared at 365 Days of Baking’s Wicked Good Wednesday Party.