23 December 2012

Deliciously Easy Cake Recipe: Spiced Apple, Cranberry and Ginger Upside Down Cake!


Despite having never made anything more ambitious than these peppermint creams, in a moment of insanity, I volunteered to bake dessert this Christmas. So it was with incredible relief that I found this recipe on the pages of the December issue of my favourite magazine, Red. I've given it a trial run and, despite being festive and delicious, it's also incredibly easy to make. Here's the recipe, if you fancy trying it out yourself. 



Serves: 6 (the recipe says 4, but those slices would be mahoosive!)
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

You will need:

6 medium English apples (I used Braeburn, one of my faves)
A generous handful of cranberries (after painstakingly picking out the cranberries from a dried fruit mix, I discovered fresh cranberries in the fridge - so I used both!)
230g unsalted butter (plus extra for buttering your cake tin)
240g golden caster sugar
4 large free-range eggs
½ tsp nutmeg, freshly ground
1 tsp mixed spice
2cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated
100g ground almonds
140g wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
60g self-raising flour



Butter a 22cm loose-bottomed non-stick cake tin. Cut a piece of grease paper to fit and lay it over the bottom of the tin. Peel, core and slice the apples, lying them around the base of the tin in a circular formation. Scatter any of the gaps with cranberries. Set this aside. 



TWO: Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC/gas mark 4. Beat together the butter and sugar using a hand-held electric whisk, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, beating on a low speed, followed by the spices. Using a slotted metal spoon, fold in the ground almonds, wholemeal flour, baking powder and self-raising flour. Turn this out into the fruit lined cake tin.


THREE: Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Leave the cake to cool a little before turning out, and serving it steaming with double cream.
The recipe can also be found on RedOnline. What do you think, fancy giving it a try? If you do, let me know how it turns out! And what's your very favourite festive dessert?

11 comments:

Kiss and Make-up said...

I just had breakfast and I'm nowhere near hungry, but this looks so good! :-)

Rosemary said...

I'm so impressed! I thought you were dead set against ever cooking, and here you are turning into Nigella before my very eyes! Looks delish, I'll be expecting a repeat in January when we finally come over ... :D

Rosemary said...

I'm so impressed! I thought you were dead set against ever cooking, and here you are turning into Nigella before my very eyes! Looks delish, I'll be expecting a repeat in January when we finally come over ... :D

Beauty Balm said...

looks yummy x

Coco said...

Yum yum

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Mmm, these all look lovely--wish you could come and bake them at my home, I am the world's worst absent-minded baker and tend to burn everything. Wishing you a lovely and merry christmas holiday!
xo Mary Jo

Life, Loves...... said...

oh this sounds and looks yum
Happy Christmas
J
http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

Sweet like Cinnamon said...

That looks delicious :-)

fluff and fripperies said...

I'm making the actual one for Christmas day tomorrow so wish me luck! xo

Roxy said...

That looks so delicious!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, these do look easy to make. Merry Christmas!