Apple Buttermilk Cake

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This is a simple apple cake from Maria's site.

I am sure you could use any fruit in this cake. I made this exact cake with raspberries last summer and everyone loved it, but since apples are always plentiful around here, let's go with them.

If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit 15 minutes before using.

FYI: I have been using a springform pan to bake with lately.
Cakes seem to come out of the pan so much easier than my round cake pans.

Apple Buttermilk Cake (adapted from Two Peas in a Pod):

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of fresh nutmeg
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup shaken buttermilk
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, and sliced
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
a little bit of extra cinnamon
Turbinado sugar (to sprinkle on top of cake)

Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat until combined.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.

In a small bowl combine the apple slices with the brown sugar and extra cinnamon. Stir until apples are coated.

Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Place sliced apples evenly over top and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate. Serve with vanilla ice cream if you wish.


Jen_from_NJ said…
Yum! I want a piece with my coffee. No commute today - I'm working from home in my pj's :)
Joanne said…
Delicious cake! I'm sure the buttermilk gave it a nice tang.
I might surprise the hubby and bake this over the weekend, he would love this, and so would I! I always buy a quart of buttermilk from TJ's I love baking with it.
kat said…
I can almost smell the cinnamon
Maria said…
Glad you liked the cake! It is my birthday so thanks for making a cake for me..ha!
Yum. That looks easy and delicious. Nice and crusty too. Perfect for the snowstorm that headed our way. Rosemary
Zoe said…
Delicious! I love the golden apples on top.
Bob said…
Looks awesome, I love buttermilk cake.
I love this cake recipe. Your apple adaption is superb.
dining table said…
This looks easy to make. I think I am not going to be so confused with this.
citronetvanille said…
Look at this beautiful cake, gorgeous...I can just imagine how it must tastes...
Sook said…
Wow the apple buttermilk cake sounds amazing! I would have to try it.
Cherine said…
this sounds delicious :)
Ciao Chow Linda said…
What shall I do now? This cake looks so wonderful but my hips are saying now. Gained too much weight in Italy and have to detox again.
The JR said…
wow, my brain says yes. my dr. and 30 extra lb's say NO
Anonymous said…
This is delicious BUT I'm confused about when the 1.5 T sugar listed in the ingredient list is used. I used only the 2/3 cup in the cake batter when I made this the other day. Thanks.