Another addition to my ever increasing collection of cookbooks, "Cake Simple" recently released, is now on my bookshelf. Authored by Christie Matheson, who co-authored together with Joanne Chang in best selling cookbook "Flour". The first thing that caught my attention is that this book is all about bundt cakes. I love baking bundt cakes, as it looks pretty elegant either plain or frosted. Mostly I prefer them plain as most frostings are sweet. As soon as I received this book a few days ago, this recipe was bookmarked. It is not a very big book, but it is a beautiful book, about 42 recipes printed on thick glossy paper with beautiful photograhps every few pages of so.
There's a whole lot of apples in one cake, 4 cups. I use a mixture of Granny Smith and Red Delicious Apples. When I mixed them into the batter, looks like the batter is barely enough to cover the cake. But not to worry, it bakes up rather nicely.
While the cake is baking, "cinnamon is in the air!". Your neighbour would know that you are definitely baking something!
Overall, this is a nice cake. If you love apples and cinnamon, then you would like this. The butterscotch icing is nice, even though it is very sweet as most icing are, it makes a good icing for this cake. I did reduce the sugar in the cake and when eaten on it's own, the sweetness is just right, but really sweet with the butterscotch icing.
The texture is moist, soft and there's apple chunks in every bite!
Bake with Bizzy at Bizzy B Bakes
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
And I'm bringing this to a Cookbook Party, hosted by Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations. Louise is celebrating her Blogoversary by throwing a Cookbook Party, and October being the National Cookbook Month! There's a whole list of food celebrations just for the month of October! For full details, hop over to Months of Edible Celebrations. I'm submitting this cake under the list "Apple Month"!
Apple Butterscotch Bundt Cake
(adapted from "Cake Simple" by Christie Matheson)
Melted butter for greasing the pan
3 cups (360gm) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I use 1 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups (360ml) canola oil
1 cup (200gm) granulated sugar (I use 140gm)
1/2 cup (110gm) packed brown sugar (I use 80gm)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups (500gm) diced peeled apples
1 cup (100gm) walnuts, toasted and chopped
Preheat the oven to 325F (165C/gas 3). Brush the inside of a 12-cup (2.8L) Bundt pan thoroughly with the melted butter and dust it lightly with flour. (Use a pastry brush to help distribute the flour and tap out any excess).
Whisk the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the canola oil with the granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium-low speed until thoroughly combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the oil mixture, whisking until blended. Stir in the apples and walnuts by hand.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack and let it cool completely. Drizzle the cooled cake with the icing and serve. The cake will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Butterscotch Icing :
1/2 cup (110gm) packed brown sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) heavy cream
1/4 cup (57gm) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (93gm) confectioners' sugar (I use 60gm)
In a small nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the brown sugar with the cream, butter, and salt, and heat gently, stirring until the sugar and salt have completely dissolved. Transfer the butterscotch mixture to a small bowl and let it cool to room temperature. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar until the icing is smooth.