It’s been a long time since I shared any baking posts here on Claireabellemakes, but this weekend I had the chance to try something new for the Pink Lady ® Pass It On campaign!
The idea behind the campaign was to encourage four bloggers to pass on their skills to another and take time for ourselves. Each blogger is from a different niche (crafts, illustration, beauty and food) which has been fantastic for discovering new people to follow!
So, why the Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake? My parcel was put together by the lovely Laura from Wholeheartedly Healthy who writes a beautiful food blog with a ton of nutritious recipes. We had to include apples in our projects for one another and as Pink Lady ® are actually the only apples I like the flavour of, I was excited to bake with them.
Laura’s recipe was pretty simple and doesn’t require any fancy mixers or equipment. Hurrah! I love a cake that just needs a wooden spoon and a bowl.
- 4 Pink Lady ® apples
- 25g butter (or margarine)
- 85g soft brown sugar
- 180g plain wholemeal flour
- 110g soft brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 80ml sunflower oil
- 180ml water
- 1tsp vinegar
- Preheat oven to 180c and grease and line a large baking dish
- Grate 2 of the apples and set aside
- Melt together the butter/margarine and 80g of sugar in a pan over a low heat
- Pour the melted mixture into the baking dish and top with slices of apple from the remaining apples
- Combine the remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon and bicarb in large bowl
- In a separate bowl combine the water, oil vinegar and grated apple
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, quickly and throroughly
- Pour the cake mixture on top of the caramel and sliced apples
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning out upside down!
My oven runs pretty hot, so I baked my cake for around 20-25 minutes. The consistency was lovely and sticky and the caramel topping felt like a real treat!
Even though I have a Kitchen Aid mixer, I haven’t been baking as much as I used to, especially as I’ve been trying to watch my weight and eat a bit cleaner. The wholemeal flour and apples make this recipe feel less naughty and the crisp flavour of the Pink Ladies still comes through.
One of the things I loved about this was that it was an upside down cake. I can’t remember making one before, so it was quite the novelty waiting to see how it would turn out! You could also change the way the apples are sliced to make the top look a bit different. Obviously I had to taste test my creation and it was thoroughly enjoyable! A nice moist treat that feels like a dessert rather than a sponge cake. I reckon it would be nice served warm with a bit of ice cream on the side for a real treat.
A big thanks to Laura for sending such a great parcel! It felt a bit like Christmas as the contents were a complete surprise.
I had an absolute ball making my parcel for Sarah from the Temporary: Secretary blog. I got to make a kit to share one of my favourite DIYs and did some hand lettering for the instructions and labeling. Packaging is one of my favourite things – so I went to town on making her parcel as pretty as I could. Check out Sarah’s blog post to see what she ended up making.
I hope you enjoyed a little change from the norm here today! Let me know if you end up trying the recipe and what you think of my attempt. It’s definitely made me think about doing more recipe posts here on the blog again. Would you like to see that?
And don’t forget to check out #PinkLadyPassItOn to see everyone’s parcels and creations!