To ward off evil spirits yesterday evening, I’d invited a bunch of friends and made them a Halloween buffet full of tasty bites. This indulgent apple cake was one of them. Cinnamon and apple are perfect for this time of year and the fact that it’s an “upside down” cake also makes it suitably scary – everyone who has seen Stranger Things will know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing scary about making it, though. Since this was an experiment, I was a bit worried the cake was going to end up soggy or deformed, but nothing could be further from the truth. I will definitely use more apples next time. I like to live on the edge.
250 g self-raising flour
250 g soft butter (lightly salted)
225 g sugar
a sprinkling of brown sugar
apples (not too sweet, I only used 1 big one, but 2 or 3 should definitely work)
- In a big bowl mix the sugar with the butter until you get a creamy consistency.
- Add the eggs one by one.
- Sift the flour, along with a generous pinch of ground cinnamon and a small pinch of salt, into the bowl and gently fold it in.
- Grease a round baking tin with butter. Cut a round shape into a sheet of baking paper and line the bottom of the tin with it. Grease the baking paper with some more butter.
- Now cover the bottom with slices of apple. Sprinkle over a little bit of brown sugar and a lot of cinnamon.
- Bake for about an hour at 160 degrees Celsius (fan).