Have a look at the pictures. What do you think?
To bake this cake, it requires patience to thinly slice 8 apples and to bake it for more than an hour. However, all this hard work almost went down the drain when I discovered that I’d forgotten to set the timer 30 minutes into baking. As I could remember watching Masterchef while preparing (distraction, distraction), I just took the start time of Masterchef as the time the cake was put in the oven. And thank God, it turned out well.
The end product was a delicious cake, moist and custardy with layers and layers of apples. It reminds me of puddings.
French Apple Cake Recipe from Baking Bites
680g of apple slices (I used 8 small apples)
1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C.
If using a springform pan, lightly grease a 9-inch one. Wrap the base of the pan in aluminum foil. If just using a 9-inch round cake pan, make sure it is at least 2-inch deep. I used a silicone round pan with the base lined with baking paper.
Slice apples into thin slices, about 1/8-inch thick. Place apples in microwave-save dish and cover with plastic wrap. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes. Let cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolks, oil, milk and vanilla. Pour them into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Transfer 1 cup of batter back into another bowl.
Fold in apple slices to the cake batter in the large bowl. Pour it into prepared cake pan.
Whisk remaining 2 tbsp flour into the medium bowl with the batter that was set aside. Drizzle the batter evenly over the apple batter already in the pan.
Bake cake for 70-75 minutes, until cake is dark golden brown. The cake might still be “bubbling” when taken out of the oven. It will “dry up” as it cools. Remove cake from pan only when it’s completely cooled.