Vanilla Apple Cake

by jerseygirl on October 1, 2008 · 51 comments

We made a perfect treat for this month’s Sweet and Simple Bakes. I had to make a dessert for The Ronald McDonald House and thought this would be fitting. The cake looked beautiful and it was very moist with the perfect amount of apples. It looked pretty even before it was baked. I know my photo doesn’t do justice to the cake. Thank you Maria and Rosie for again organizing another wonderful bake!

Sorry this is a short post but I am going to a cook book signing by Giada DeLaurentis at Williams Sonoma. I will definitely let you know all about it. Have a great day everyone!

Vanilla Apple Cake

250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g/9oz golden caster sugar (or normal caster sugar)
4 eggs, beaten
250g/9oz self-raising flour
1 vanilla pod, split, seeds removed and reserved (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
3 small Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges (or any other type of cooking apple, if not apple of your choice)
2 tbsp Demerara sugar
ΒΌ tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8inch springform tin, then line the base with baking paper. Beat the caster sugar and butter together until the mixture turns pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and vanilla seeds, then beat together quickly to make a smooth batter. Tip into the prepared tin, then lay the apple wedges on top, poking them halfway into the mix. Don’t worry if the apples appear crowded – they’ll shrink as they cook. Sprinkle with the Demerara and cinnamon, then bake for 1 hour 5 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the sponge is risen and golden.Leave to cool for a few mins, then release the tin and cool the cake completely on a wire rack.

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Candy October 1, 2008 at 9:48 am

Looks yummy to me. Tell Giada Hey from the South!


Maria October 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

Hi Lisa

Your cake looks wonderfully delish and thanks so much for taking part. Hope you will join us again next month!

Have fun at the signing!!



kat October 1, 2008 at 10:42 am

These cakes popping up are making me hungry & really ready to go get apples


Pam October 1, 2008 at 11:27 am

What a lovely cake. I’ve never made apple cake before and I don’t know why – it looks delicious. Have fun at the signing!


Rosie October 1, 2008 at 11:28 am

Hi Lisa, oooh a book signing how excitting – have fun πŸ™‚

Your cake looks amazing and many thanks for partaking this month πŸ™‚ I hope you will join us next month in our bake.

Rosie x


Dee October 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Your cake looks great, Lisa! And congrats on all the awards πŸ™‚


Aggie October 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm

That cake looks delicious! I need to find a reason to bake it!

You get to see Giada! Have a great time!!


Allie October 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I think your cake looks great! I hope Giada is super sweet and down to earth as she comes across on tv, can’t wait to hear about it.


Arundathi October 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm

that looks great – can hardly see the apples in the finished version! cool.


Clumbsy Cookie October 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Have fun at the book signing Lisa! I’m sure that’s a gorgeous cake and so nice to have with a cup of tea!


Beth October 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Looks great – I will be making this one again!


Mrs. L October 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Cake looks great. Giada is here in three weeks but alas, I’ll be out of town.


Emiline October 1, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Not fair! You must tell us all about Giada!

The cake looks delicious.


Nickki October 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Hi Lisa, your cake looks absolutely delicious. I loved it too. Have fun at the Giada book signing πŸ™‚


HoneyB October 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm

The cake looks delicious and I’m jealous! I love Giada!


Emily October 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Your cake looks perfect! It definately feels like fall is hear! Apples are perfect to start out the cold weather with!


Lucy October 1, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Lisa, Your cake is looks so good and I can just imagine how moist it must be… I’ll be making this real soon ; )


Patsyk October 1, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Your cake looks and sounds wonderful!

Can’t wait to hear about the book signing! I love Giada!


Jenny October 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Mmmmmm, what a pretty looking cake! I’d love some for dessert tonight!


Jenny October 1, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Wait a second, you get to meet Giada, how fun! I missed that the first time around. Take some good pics!


Tanya October 1, 2008 at 9:30 pm

That cake looks so yummy. I’m a big Giada fan. I can’t wait to hear all about it!


Stacey Snacks October 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Your apple cake smells yummy from my computer!
I made an apple cake today too! but you know this already!

I went to a Giada signing at Wms Sonoma 2 yrs ago at Short Hills Mall in NJ. She is so gorgeous and a nice person!
I guess she has a new book out?


ChefDruck October 1, 2008 at 11:14 pm

What do you mean the pictures don’t do it justice? These look amazing! I felt like I could taste them.


Katrina October 1, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Fun for you to meet Giada! First the Martha show and now this–LUCKY! πŸ˜‰
That apple cake looks so yummy!


That Girl October 2, 2008 at 12:19 am

One day I’m going to learn to make beautiful apple layers like you.


Debbie October 2, 2008 at 7:10 am

Wow…your apple cake looks great. I also posted one but could not get it out of the pan…..oh well, I will have to try again.


mysweetestday October 2, 2008 at 7:40 am

you’re right…it does look beautiful! and you made it for the ronald mcdonald house? how nice of you!


~Priscilla~ October 2, 2008 at 9:04 am

that look so good! nothing like a good ol’ apple cake.


Glamorous Life of a House Wife October 2, 2008 at 9:32 am

YUUUUM! I love your blog and your delicious recipes.


Maria October 2, 2008 at 10:16 am

Great looking cake! How did the book signing go? I saw her on the Today show yesterday. Have you seen her new book? Any good? Can’t wait to hear more!


Mary Ann October 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

This cake looks wonderful! What a fun chance to meet Giada!


The Blonde Duck October 2, 2008 at 12:44 pm

What a wonderful cause and a cute cake! I know they’ll appreciate it.


Adam October 2, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I hope your book gets signed! Good luck πŸ™‚ Oh, the cake… well you already know it looks like apple heaven on a plate, so I’ll keep that to myself πŸ™‚


Michele October 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I’m doing an apple cake myself today. It’s my great grandmother’s recipe. I really like how your cake has the layer of apples. I’ll definitely try that with my next one.
You were asking about TJ’s in Jersey selling wine. We drive up to Middletown…about an hour away just because they do sell the wine. Lucky for us it is the closest one to the house. I really wish that they would build one a little closer. Being at the Shore does have it’s downfalls. There are no good food shops.
I really wanted to go to the signing with Giada…but just couldn’t make it. You’ll have to tell us how it went! πŸ™‚


Mary October 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Your cake looks wonderful and it doesn’t seem to hard to do. My best to Giada.


Dawn October 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I’ve never made an apple cake either, but I want to now.
Have fun at the signing. I wonder if Giada is as tiny in person as everyone says? Let me know.


Cynthia October 2, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Hi Lisa, thanks so much for stopping by my blog.


Jo October 2, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Yummy! Hope you had a great time at the book signing!

By the way… I really enjoy your blog and would like to link to you, but always like to ask first. If you don’t mind me linking to you, please let me know πŸ™‚ Thanks!


Peter M October 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

This cake is like an apple suprise…ya don’t know what you’re gonna get til you get a slice.


Jennifer October 2, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Wow, that looks so good πŸ™‚ I’m going to have to try that out!


Rosa's Yummy Yums October 3, 2008 at 1:56 am

What a beautiful cake! With a cup of tea, it’d be heavenly!




1215656559s20768 October 3, 2008 at 7:41 am

I have never actually used a real vanilla bean, but I bet it really makes a difference. Your cake is beautiful.


Jeff October 3, 2008 at 9:28 am

Now that apples are coming into season I need new ideas (man can only take so many baked/raw apples).

Hopefully the signing went good and time could you put a good word in for me with Giada?


alexandra's kitchen October 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

I love apple cake. And your picture is beautiful. I love simply decorated cakes. Sometimes a little powdered sugar is all that is needed.

Have fun with Giada!!


Veronica October 3, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Lisa, that looks so delicious! Say hi to Giada for me!


Prudy October 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I keep seeing that cake. I’m going crazy for some. Keep us posted on your Giada encounter.


Jan October 3, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Your photos look great. I wouldn’t be turning my nose up at a slice anyway. Good job!


hot garlic October 4, 2008 at 8:10 am

How could you leave us hanging?! I’m dying to know about the signing!

Yes, the cake looks so pretty -I want a taste!


** October 7, 2008 at 8:13 am

you got a great blog. keep it up.


Paula October 16, 2008 at 11:13 pm

That cake is lovely! You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had a cake like this! Oh, I bet it smells so good, too! Have fun at the book signing!


Happy cook October 17, 2008 at 11:58 am

WOw this looks really yumm


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