This spiced Apple Cake recipe is perfect as a fall baking recipe. When the market is flooded with the juiciest of the apples and there’s a nip in the air, this mildly spicy and a tad bit boozy Apple Cake can lift your spirits in a jiffy.
In this recipe, I have used the crunchy apples from the orchards of Himachal Pradesh along with some rum-soaked fruits and nuts to give this fall special Apple Cake a spicier edge. You may go for a combination of fresh apples and some fall spices like cinnamon to bake this delicious cake.
This cake is perfect for those who prefer tea cakes like me. I can have it with my evening tea or as my breakfast in the morning. And when they come packed with season’s fresh fruits, it becomes even more irresistible.
For this Apple Spice Cake loaf, I have used apples from the orchards of Himachal Pradesh. They tend to be crispier than the ones from the orchards of Kashmir. They are also a bit tangier which makes them perfect for baking.
How to make Apple Cake – Ingredients list
- All-purpose Flour
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda
- Refined Sunflower Oil – alternate would be Canola Oil or Rice Bran Oil
- Rum-soaked fruits & nuts – optional. An alternate would be Pumpkin Spice Mix or Cinnamon Powder
- Brown Sugar for garnish – optional
How to prepare the Apples for this Apple Cake recipe?
There are many ways of making an Apple Cake. The easiest way would be to chop the fruit in cubes and mix them into the batter and then bake it. Here, you will get chunks of the fruit in every bite of the cake.
Another would be to lay down the slices of the apples in the bottom of the cake pan and then pour the cake batter on top. After baking you will get an Upside Down Apple Cake.
My personal favourite is this one, Spiced Cake with sliced Apples on top. I slice the Apples as thin as I can and then create a latticed top design with them on the prepared cake batter in the baking pan. After baking this gives a beautiful look to the cake.
Another reason for this one to be my favourite way of baking an Apple cake is that the slices of Apple do not get to release their moisture in the cake itself, hence it doesn’t become soggy in the centre or at the bottom.
This recipe for spiced Apple cake is very simple and you can absolutely customise it as per your taste. For instance, if you do not have rum-soaked fruits & nuts, or you wish to avoid it, simply add some powdered cinnamon instead for a spicy kick.
Again, you can adjust the intensity of the spices in the recipe as per your taste. For instance, we aren’t much fan of heavy handedness of cinnamon, so I add a touch of it along with some Nutmeg powder to balance the flavours.
Remember, the flavours fade a tad bit after baking so add accordingly.
In case you are planning on some Holiday Baking, I have a couple of easy holiday baking recipes up here.
- Christmas Plum Cake
- Eggless Christmas Plum Cake
- Christmas Plum Cake – Mug Cake recipe
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Cake
- Fruit Mince Pies
- Spiced Apple Cake
This spiced Apple Cake recipe is perfect as a fall baking recipe. When the market is flooded with the juiciest of the apples and there's a nip in the air, this mildly spicy and a tad bit boozy Apple Cake can lift your spirits in a jiffy.
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- 1/3 cup Sugar Granulated
- 2-3 Apples
- ⅓ cup Refined Sunflower Oil
- ¼ cup Rum soaked Fruits and Nuts
- 2 Eggs
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- Brown Sugar For Garnish
Slice the Apples as thin as possible. Keep them aside wrapped in clingfilm wrap to avoid then turning black
In a mixing bowl, sieve and mix the dry ingredients together.
In another mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt till they tun fluffy and light.
Add the sugar to the eggs and whisk it till it dissolves completely. Add the oil and whisk. By this time the entire volume should have increased almost 3 times.
Now, add the dry mix in two parts to the wet mix. In case you have the soaking liquid with the nuts & fruits, use that to loosen the batter.
Otherwise add the milk.
Once the batter has come together, pour it in the loaf tin. Tap to even the top.
Now, take the sliced Apples and arrange them on the batter. Be creative as you would like.
Bake the loaf in pre-heated oven at 170C for 35 minutes or so. Be careful from 30 minutes onward. Every oven is different, so time may vary.
Once the cake is done, a skewer or knife inserted at the centre comes clean with no batter sticking to it, take it out and sprinkle brown Sugar on top or brush some honey for a shiny top.
Allow the cake to cool in the loaf tin for 10-15 minutes.
After that take it out of the loaf tin and allow it to cool down completely on a wire rack. Slice & Serve.