As my last baking day kind of fell in the water due to my lack of butter and sugar and motivation to leave the house and buy some, I only made my usual banana-chocolate cake and none of the other yummy things I had planned. Luckily I now have eggs, butter, sugar, and motivation so let the baking continue! I have this recipe book which is basically a collection of recipe that people email me or I find online or I get from friends and family by hovering over them while they cook and bake, so not all of the recipe have a source of origin. So also this one, the recipe for this lovely apple cider cake. I received this via email a long long time ago and I wasn't able to track down the origin of it.
A little while ago I hosted a small dinner and my guests kindly brought some drinks. Including a small bottle of apple cider. After the left, the bottle of cider was still unopened so we put it in the press for another party. But when I found this recipe in my trusty binder I knew the cider was destined for my cake :)
Doesn't it just look scrumptious? Ignore the thick edges, it needed longer than an hour and I may have left it in a few mins too long...
Yes yes, I know you must want the recipe :) Here it goes!
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup apple cider
Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together the first four ingredients and set aside. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix. Alternately, add the flour mixture and the apple cider. Begin and end with the flour mixture. Place the batter into a well-buttered loaf tin. Bake at 350F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out dry. With my oven I needed 70 minutes for the cake to be done, but usually an hour should be enough.
Check out this beauty! It rose so high it actually hit the upper oven wall!
This is quite a heavy and dense cake as opposed to light and fluffy, and better suited for autumn/winter times, but when I saw the cider I just had to use it. All in all I quite liked it :)
Let me know what you think of it if you make this, and happy baking!