What a pleasant way to start the weekend! When your home starts to smell like cinnamon and apple pie at 9 am, you know your day can’t go wrong. It has been a while since I last made a cake, so here you go, soft and flavorful apple cake that will for sure get you out of the bed on a Saturday morning (or get your loved ones out of the bed – you are making a cake, you are already up!).
It is very simple to make – you mix the cake batter in one bowl, then simply transfer to a loaf pan and scatter some sliced apples on top. How easy is that? The only thing you need to do ahead of time is leave the butter outside the fridge for at least an hour because it should be really soft. Soft butter gives the perfect texture to this cake – it makes it creamy and soft while yogurt keeps it moist and tender.
If you prefer to add more apples to the cake, dice them and add into the cake batter. I actually wanted them to be just on the top, but I sliced them thinly and sunk into the batter vertically. I am sure this cake would be just as lovely with some plums, peaches or pears on top as well, so go ahead and use whatever fruit is in season because this cake batter will make a perfect base.
preparation time: about 15 minutes
baking time: about 50 minutes, 180°C/350 F
baking pan size: 25×11 cm/10×4,3 in
1 large apple
100 g soft unsalted butter
125 g granulated white sugar
2 whole eggs
195 g all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
125 ml plain yogurt
1 tsp cinnamon
1. First peel the apple and take the core out. Slice it thinly and set aside because it you won’t need them until the very end. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350 F.
2. Using an electric mixer with a paddle or whisk attachment, cream together soft butter and sugar. If you like, add some vanilla extract. I didn’t because I used my homemade vanilla sugar. Beat butter and sugar until the mixture gets really thick and creamy and the sugar has disolved completely. Add whole eggs, one at a time and mix them into the butter and sugar mixture well.
3. Prepare your dry ingredients by sifting together flour, baking powder and salt. Add one third to the mixture of butter, sugar and eggs and mix it in shortly. Than add half of yogurt and mix that in. Continue adding flour and yogurt alternating between those two and mix shortly after each addition.
4. As soon as everything gets incorporated, transfer to a prepared loaf pan lined with parchment paper and level the batter with a spatula. Arrange apple slices on top any way you like. I placed them on a small angle, almost vertically and pushed them into the cake batter. Finally, sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon to taste.
5. Bake the cake for about 45 to 55 minutes, depending on your baking pan size. It should be golden brown on top and spring back if you gently press it on top; that’s how you can tell that the cake is baked. Eat while it is still warm with a cup of tea and enjoy!