Caramel Apple Cake

Fill your house with the scent of caramel, toasted pecans and fruity apples.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time90 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyMedium

For the apple cake

420g plain flour
300g sugar, plus 55g for the apples
1 1/2 tsps ground apple or pumpkin pie spice blend
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp fine salt
4 large golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
3 large eggs
125ml vegetable oil
125ml sour cream
Finely grated zest from 1 orange
Juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp pure vanilla essence

For the caramel glaze

110g sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsps water
120ml double cream
75g pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
1/2 tsps pure vanilla essence
Pinch salt
Special equipment: large bundt pan
For the apple cake:

1) Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Generously butter and flour the bundt pan.

2) Whisk the flour, 300g of the sugar, 1 tsp of the pie spice, the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

3) Toss the apples with the remaining 55g sugar and 1/2 tsp pie spice and set aside.

4) Whisk the eggs and oil together in another bowl. Whisk in the sour cream, orange zest and juice, and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined but still a bit lumpy.

5) Using a slotted spoon, scatter about 1/3 of the apples in the bottom of the bundt pan. Put about 1/3 of the batter on top. Repeat, alternating with the remaining apples and batter, ending with the batter.

6) Bake the cake until it pulls away for the sides of the pan and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and invert onto a rack placed over a baking sheet. Cool. (The cake can be prepared to this point a day ahead.)

For the caramel glaze:

1) Stir the sugar, corn syrup, and 2 tbsps water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until the sugar is dark amber-colored caramel, about 15 minutes.

2) Pull pan from the heat and carefully pour in the cream (take care it will splatter).

3) Stir in the pecans, vanilla, and salt. Cool until caramel becomes thick and syrupy, then evenly pour over the cake and cool until set.

Cook's Note: We like to bake this cake the day before we serve it so the flavours and texture ripen. If you bake it a day ahead glaze with the caramel the day you plan to serve it.

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