MARIE-HÉLÈNE’S Apple Cake
I am sorry that I am still posting cakes in the new year.
I am not on a January resolution diet that is doomed to fail (for me, anyway).
I eat healthy most days, so a piece of cake is never going to hurt me.
Moderation is the key to most everything in life.
I don't know who Marie-Hélène is......but I have been seeing her cake on blogs since 2012, so why not start the new year with this beautiful cake!
It's a beautiful simple French apple cake and I am a new fan.
I don't have rum, I never liked it much.....so I saw another blogger that substituted the lovely French fleur l'orange (orange flower water) for the rum, and I since I had a bottle, I used that.
I don't usually peel my apples, it makes for a much prettier and more rustic cake, especially when using different varieties of apples.
I used local Golden Delicious and Empire apples for my cake.
Marie-Hélène's French Apple Cake: (original recipe from Dorie Greenspan)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
4 large apples (use different varieties), diced
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 teaspoons orange blossom water (fleur de l'orange) or rum
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (1 stick)
It's pretty simple. No rocket science going on here.
Mix the butter, eggs, vanilla, rum and sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow.
Slowly add in the flour and baking powder and fold in the diced apples last with a rubber spatula.
It won't look like much batter, but it will bake up fine.
I line my 9" springform pan with parchment paper, and also butter it liberally.
Smooth the batter into the prepared cake pan.
My cake needed 50 minutes at 350F. Times vary from 45-60 depending on your oven.
Let rest 10 minutes in pan, then run a knife around the sides, so it loosens up any stuck apples.
I ate this warm and loved it.
It is also good room temp.
Don't cover this cake, or it will get mushy. I kept it in the cold garage with a piece of parchment paper draped over it.
It didn't last very long for us to worry about it.
Have a slice of cake. It makes life much sweeter.