Friday, 4 April 2008

Chocolate Apple Cake

I love this photo of my Madison, his such a poser and knows when to be cute to melt my heart! (Check out the head tilt and crossed paws, lol).

The weather here has been somewhat nicer with sunny intervals and warmer days, looks like spring has arrived and summer is a short distance away (can't wait for BBQ's, lunching and dining al fresco in my garden). So in celebration of spring I decided to bake up a cake and decorate it with pastel coloured flowers. This Chocolate and Apple Cake recipe was kindly passed on to me by a lady who owned her own bakery, and it was a favourite with the local school girls, so much so that on some days they had to bake over 5 of these cakes to keep up with the popular demands. I can totally see why this cake would have been such a hit, my son and his friends all love it and so does the hubby. The sponge is beautifully moist due to the grated apple and the buttercream icing is heavenly. A "must bake" for any true chocoholic!

Chocolate Apple Cake

Ingredients

250g (9oz) Plain Flour

25g (1oz ) Cocoa

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Bicarbonate of soda

100g ( 4oz ) Butter

250g ( 9oz ) Caster Sugar

2 Eggs

A few drops of Vanilla Extract

175 ml. (6fl oz) Milk

2 Cooking Apples or Eating Apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped or grated


Icing
450g (1lb ) Icing sugar, sifted

25g ( 1oz ) Cocoa

50g ( 2oz ) Butter, softened

90ml. ( 3fl oz ) Milk


Preheat oven to 180/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm ( 8 in ) square cake tin.Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarb. Put the sugar and butter into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk in the flour mixture and lastly add the chopped apples and milk. Spoon into tin and bake for 1 hour or till cooked..When cake is cold, make icing by beating all ingredients together, spread over cake and make a swirly pattern and pop on some chocolate drops.


Serves: 12

17 comments:

ruthEbabes said...

Ooooh, this sounds delish! My mouth is watering reading about it.

Maria said...

Ruth thanks and beleive me it's been hard for me to not cut a huge slice of thisn and gobble it down but I need to get back into my "skinny" jeans, lol.

Maria
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Rosie said...

Maria you have just baked one of my favourite cakes of all time!!!
You really have done a lovely job on the icing and decs - stunning girl!!

This was one of my first cakes to blog, which tells everyone it's a MUST bake!! Oooooh please save me a huge slice :D

Hugs Rosie x

Emiline said...

Cute cat! I love cats.
This cake looks nice and chocolatey. I don't think any dessert out there beats a good, chocolate cake.

MrsB said...

Your cake looks so great, I love the decorations! x

Maria said...

Thanks ladies ;o)

Maria
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Cooking and the City said...

Madison is so cute! & the cake looks really yum :-)

Maria said...

Hi Dell

Thanks ;o)

Maria
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violets said...

Hi Maria

Your blog is lovely, as is that very cute cake.


That cake looks absolutely delicious.


Vi xx

Maria said...

Hi Vi

How lovely to see you here. Thanks for dropping by ;o)

Maria
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Rhyleysgranny said...

I do like the look and sound of that cake Maria. I will be trying that one .You have a lovely blog here
xxx

Kelly-Jane said...

Lovely cake, and pussy cat too, looks litle a much loved cat :)

Pixie said...

How wonderful to have a terrific recipe shared! thanks maria for posting

Margaret said...

I love the sound of this cake with the grated apple. Looks really pretty too.

Maria said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments ;o)

Maria
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Nickki said...

Wow Maria, that cake looks so beautiful (as do all your cakes anyway!) It reminds me of an good old-fashioned chocolate cake. I've taken a note of the recipe and will definitely be trying this one. xxx

Maria said...

Hi Nikki ;o)

Thanks for dropping by and the lovely comment. You will love this kids and so will your family!

Maria
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