Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Apple-Whisky Cake

I always have apples in my refrigerator. Most of the time when I buy apples, maybe two or three would be eaten, and the rest forgotten. They would be "hibernating" in my refrigerator until wake up time! Haha! I bet I'm not the only one, wink! 

There's a few apples of mixed varieties which I have in my fridge for weeks, and needed to finish them all up. The good thing about apple is, they could keep for weeks in the fridge.

I made Apple-Whisky Cake, and the name of this bake already sounds so nice! Haha! For this cake, I've made half a recipe, and have used two apples, a Fuji and Pink Lady. The apples are peeled, cored, chopped to 1/4-inch pieces and soaked in bourbon, kept aside, while the rest of the ingredients are mixed.

For the full recipe, this cake is baked in a 9x13-inch baking pan, but for half a recipe, I've baked in a 8" square pan. And it is baked at a  moderate temperature of 165C. I have baked mine for 35 minutes.

As to what the author describes "Chock-full of apple chunks and spiked with a healthy glug of whisky, this simple-to-prepare, moist cake is seriously good."  And I totally agree! I ate it while it was still warm, and love the crumbs which are soft and very moist, and the apples which have softened during baking, making this a delicious bake. 

And for a yummy treat, serve it with a scoop of Homemade Lemon Ice Cream! Or any of your favourite ice cream, vanilla would be good!

** my measurement for 1/2 a recipe, listed in blue, with some changes
Apple-Whisky Cake
(adapted from "Williams-Sonoma Home Baked Comfort", Kim Laidlaw)
4 baking apples, peeled, cored and diced (2 medium apples)
1/3 cup (3fl oz/80ml) whisky (preferably something sweet not peaty), bourbon or brandy (3 tbsp/45ml bourbon)
1-3/4 cups (9oz/280gm) all-purpose flour (140gm)
1-1/2 tsp baking soda (3/4 tsp)
1/4 tsp kosher salt (omitted)
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (1/8 tsp ground nutmeg)
2 large eggs (1)
1-1/2 cups (10-1/2 oz/330gm) firmly packed dark brown sugar (100gm light brown sugar)
1/2 cup (4oz/125gm) granulated sugar (2 tbsp caster sugar)
1 cup (8oz/250gm) unsalted butter, melted and cooled (125gm salted butter)
whipped cream for serving

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325F (165C). Butter a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking pan. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with a large piece of parchment paper that extends beyond the 2 sides of the pan and butter the parchment.
In a bowl, toss together the apples and whisky. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugars on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the butter and beat until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and stir together on low speed. Stir in the apples and whisky. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake until the cake is deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool slightly in the pan for about 15 minutes, then carefully remove the cake by lifting it up with the parchment. Let the cake cool on a wire rack before cutting into slices. Serve with big dollops of whipped cream.


I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event, organized by Bake For Happy Kids and My Little Favourite D.I.Y. and hosted this month by I-Lost in Austen




  1. My hubby would love to have a huge slice of this cake.

  2. Wow! Love the sound & look of this boozy apple cake ! My hubby will surely suka this cake as he said rum is too mild ! LOL Thanks for linking & you're the first ! Faster than me , how awesome is that ! I was running like a headless chicken the whole day running errands leh! Imagine that ! LOL Looking forward to more apple posts from you . Thanks again for your support . Have a nice day ;)

  3. This cake looks and sounds great, Joyce! I love a moist apple cake and the booze in it! Printed!

  4. Hi Joyce, oh it has Whisky ! Hmm I wonder if it's ok to use Grand Marnier since I have a bottle. Very moist yummy apple cake ... wish I could have a slice ^-^!

  5. Hi Joyce,

    My husband is the number 1 apple eater in our family. Being the organised and thrifty him, he will not have any apple hibernating in our fridge... So, I guess that you are the one here who have apples hibernating in your fridge. Ops! - LOL!

    I bet my apple-eating husband will love your boozy apple cake :D


  6. I love warm apple pie/cake with ice cream.... it's the best! Haha I think I also have a few apples lying somewhere at the back of my fridge.

  7. Hi Joyce! Apples with booze and some ice-cream sound great to me hah! hah! I am going to buy some apples this weekend for my maiden apple bake :)

  8. This does looked delicious and moist, and the name sounds good like you said! And my dog ate all the left over apples that I have in the fridge, so my apples are kinda fresh still lol!

  9. Hi Joyce, I do always have apples around. Usually they end up in the juicer. I have an open whisky bottle which I want to use up for cooking and baking, and might try baking your apple whisky cake with it.

  10. This cake is sure packed with flavor...I love the idea of lots of apples and the bourbon. Yes, ice cream for me please.
    Hope you are having a great week Joyce :D

  11. Boozy dessert ?! Yes , pretty please ! Oh , double scoop of your gorgeous homemade lemon ice cream ;D You know what , I feel the same way about apples , I'm gonna eat it for 3 days straight and after that the remaining pieces will be lurking in the fridge for days :p

  12. This sounds awesome - I love apples and I love whiskey! Pinning for sure.

  13. yes i'm one of the ones that forgot about the apples in my fridge until they turn wrinkled! not niceto eat so use them to boil soup instead :) this cake must be very boozilicious !

  14. Wow whiskey in the cake! Love it with that scoop of ice cream.

  15. Having an apple orchard, I've always looking for new recipes. What I like is that you have shared a recipe for a smaller cake which is nice for just two people.

  16. Apple Whisky Cake Wow!
    Looks delicious and awesome.