I love making my cakes with spelt flour and today's cake recipe is a great way to use up your basket of apples and get the house smelling like the holidays thanks to a wide array of some of my favorite spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. This cake is light and moist and makes the perfect afternoon treat.
The first layer of sliced apple topping half the cake batter.
Then you will add half the sugar and cinnamon mixture over the apples and then repeat the process adding the remaining half of the cake batter, apple slices, sugar and cinnamon mixture and top with the desiccated coconut and chopped hazelnuts.
Once the cake has cooled you can add the glaze! If you don't allow the cake to cool, the glaze will seep right into the cake which won't affect the taste but it does look pretty when done correctly.
The result is the perfect cake to enjoy with you brunch or afternoon tea or coffee - bon appetit!
YOU WILL NEED
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup butter at room temperature
1+ 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1+1/2 cups white spelt flour
1 heaped teaspoon cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk or almond milk
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons of milk or cream- (depending on thickness of glaze wanted)
1/4 cup hazelnuts or walnuts
1 heaped tablespoon desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line a a 23 x 13cm / 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.
In another medium-sized mxing bowl, beat the castor sugar, butter and oil together using an electric mixer until smooth, pale and creamy.
Add the eggs and beat until well combined, then add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
Add the mixed spice, ground cloves, cardamom and cinnamon and mix to combine.
Add the baking powder and salt and mix well to combine, add the flour and mix until well combined.
Add the milk into batter and mix until smooth.
Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; then lay half the apples neatly over the cake batter and cover with half the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Sprinkle the coconut and hazelnuts over the top.
Bake approximately 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
To make glaze, mix powdered sugar and milk or cream together until well mixed.
Let cool for about 15 minutes before drizzling with glaze.