Thanks to the tomato, apple and courgettes gluts, there have been mutterings lately about ‘too many vegetables’ and that ‘vegetables with vegetables and vegetable sauce is not a proper meal’ at Reclaiming Paradise. So, when it came to making a start on the annual birthday cake marathon (everyone here except me has birthdays in October), I had to think of a way of making a cake that would help to use up the glut without being too obvious. The result was Chocolate Apple Cake*:
(Pictured, partly hogged, complete with some birthday music)
Chocolate Apple Cake
*recipe based on one from Ruth Ward (1988) A Harvest of Apples
- 450g apples
- 50g raisins
- 50g dates or apricots or similar dried fruit
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/tsp mixed spice
- 1/tsp ground nutmeg
- 225 g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 2tsbp cocoa powder
- 350g sugar
- 100g butter
- 2 eggs
- 50g chopped walnuts
- Peel and chop the apples
- Add the spices, and the dried fruit.
- Stew in a little water until soft
- Mash up with a wooden spoon
- Add the butter and mix until melted
- Leave to cool slightly
- Mix in the flour, cocoa and sugar
- Add the beaten eggs
- Beat the whole mixture for a couple of minutes
- Add the walnuts
- Pour into a large greased and lined cake tin
- Bake for 50-60 minutes at 180c
To make the chocolate fudge icing
- 50g butter
- 150g icing sugar
- 1tbsp cocoa powder
- Melt the butter in a small pan
- Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder
- Mix well together until smooth
- Add a little water to thin and mix well
- Spread over the cake
The cake went down well and has just had an additional endorsement from my brother, who dropped in for coffee and insisted on having two pieces. Praise indeed and it used up a few apples – only about two hundred left to go.
I didn’t feel brave enough to put tomatoes in the cake so am contemplating other possible uses. We have had a lot of tomato soup, tomato sauce and tomatoes, with tomatoes and tomatoes (not a proper meal) lately. The freezer is now full so I need to come up with more old fashioned methods of preserving them. As a birthday outing we had a little trip to Dundee. (To do this properly, I should have made Dundee cake but that wouldn’t have used up any of the gluts). We had planned to go to the new V and A exhibition but it was absolutely crammed with visitors intent on learning about design, or possibly just sheltering from the teeming rain. We avoided the crowds and went instead to visit Captain Scott’s ship Discovery, next door. We had been many times when our small people were small and we were happy to have another look. The rain continued to teem, giving the ship a certain maritime authenticity. I noticed, as we went round the ship, that they took ‘preserved tomatoes’ with them to the Antarctic – I have just noticed that these boxes say preserved potatoes but they did have preserved tomatoes too:
I may need to check how they did their preserving back in 1901.
10 thoughts on “Yet another apple cake recipe”
If you can dry them (dessicator/airing cupboard or low oven) you can make a pretty good imitation of sun dried tomatoes…same with the apples if they are sweet.
yes I’ve wondered about that. I tried drying apples but not sure they will keep very long
If dried properly and kept in a sealed jar I find they keep for at least a year. They are good for snacks and baking.
You will need to start a small cannery.
A must-do cake!
I’m thinking of buying a dehydrator for my gluts, so that I don’t have to have so much with sugar. Considering the amount of energy I must use making all the preserves, I reckon a dehydrator could be more economical as well. Apple rings would be a great way to keep eating apples out of season, don’t you think.
yes I’ve wondered about that. I’ve tried drying apples in the oven but not convinced it worked very well. It will be interesting to hear if/how you get on
I think dehydrators are quite inexpensive to buy, although I’ve only had a cursory look. More of a concern is where I would store it but as I won’t be buying it till next spring at the earliest, I’ve got time to consider that!
will be interested to hear how you get on if you do.
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