Butermilk Apple Cake

11.08.2012


Butermilk Apple Cake

This week is getting on everybody´s nerves. It has been really hot and it´s barely november; so much heat is not supposed to happen until at least a month. The power went out yesterday in many parts of the city. It turns out a transformer exploded somewhere and most of the federal district was left in the dark. It came back together after three hours here and I can´t give thanks enough.

Butermilk Apple Cake

Being without electricity makes you aware of how much we depend on it. For everything.
And the night was closing in and the idea of sleeping without a/c when it´s 35ºC (95ºF) can make even the cheeriest person get very cranky. And then everything came to life again, suddenly, almost the whole house lit up, the computer and the refrigerator made that start-up sound that can be so annoying sometimes, but that sounded like the sweetest music.
And now, I´m awake at 4.30 am, having woken up not really knowing why. But I´m thankful that I can come down and write this, the house is cool and I can tell you about the apple cake that resulted from half of the buttermilk muffin batter from tuesday.

Butermilk Apple Cake

It´s hard to know what to do with food sometimes. Blogging brings out my inner baker and the excess of baked goods can be difficult to deal with at times. I usually halve recipes from the go whenever possible. So the muffins from two days ago started as half a dozen. Not bad considering they are not my usual thing to eat. I could eat one that day and freeze the rest. As I was repeating the same mantra I usually do `be careful with the quantities, you´re halving the recipe´, I didn´t realize I was adding the whole amount of butter. So there was no other way but to add the other half of dry ingredients and make the whole dozen muffins.

Butermilk Apple Cake

What am I supposed to do with so many muffins? It´s one of the reasons why I don´t make them for myself; all the recipes are just too large, and they don´t keep so well. The ideal muffin should be eaten the same day it´s baked.
So half the recipe was poured into a square 8-inch (20cm) pan, an apple quickly peeled and sliced, and the crumble sprinkled on top. This buttermilk apple cake was born. Fast, easy and very delicious. In my opinion much better than the muffins, and only one red apple was needed.
It´s almost like a sheet cake, perfect for a cup of coffee or a snack. And it keeps much better than it´s muffin twin.

Butermilk Apple Cake


BUTTERMILK APPLE CAKE

Note: the recipe is easily halved, which you need if you use the pan size suggested here.

1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced

Preheat oven to 350º. Butter an 8-inch (20cm) square pan.
Prepare half the batter according to the muffin recipe. Spread it evenly in the pan. Arrange apple slices in four rows, overlapping them a bit. Sprinkle half the crumble on top and bake for 30 minutes, or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
Let cool on wire rack before cutting.
Yields 8/10 squares.


13 comments:

  1. This apple cake looks really delicious. I was wondering how buttermilk would "fit" into an apple cake, but this recipe is a keeper.
    Buttermilk isn't the most obvious ingrediens in my mind ;-)

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  2. Ugh I hope this incredible apple cake got your mind off that heat! It looks gorgeous :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. I have an apple orchard in New England and am always looking for new ways to use apples. Your apple cake sounds good.

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  4. Just put my cake in the oven...

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  5. That second photo looks fantastic!

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  6. This looks like breakfast to me - yum. You make me laugh with - "...excess of baked goods can be difficult to deal with at times." So true...

    Funny to hear you speak of 95F when it's 35F here and lightly snowing!

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  7. My kind of simple flavorful apple cake, yum;-)

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  8. Such a perfect take on those muffins…I love the idea of apple coffee cake! Looks gorgeous!

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  9. Mmmmm....I love apple desserts...and I'm pinning yours :)

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  10. I love apple cake! Last year I made one with brown butter frosting, so good:-) Your cake looks so hearty and delicious! Hugs, Terra

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