After a long week of work I really enjoy a cider or two on the weekend. This Easter we were a little ill prepared in the food department, but we had beverages so we figured we’d be fine whipping up a left-over pasta or a simple curry. But we’d forgotten about dessert too, so I tried a new cake made with cider. One sip for me, one for the cake…
Now this cider cake is so wonderful you won’t feel at all bad about sharing your drink with it, promise. It’s inspired by Jamie Oliver’s apple pepper pot cake, which he baked with cider when he was in Bristol, but I wanted a simpler version and I had seen a great recipe on the blog – Baking for Britain. I wanted to make a light sponge without fruit, something fast and easy with a hint of spice. I was especially pleased with how well I could taste the apple and how the bubbles from the cider helped the cake rise to fluffy perfection.
You could easily double this recipe and make 2 cakes to sandwich together with whipped cream and jam.
- 125g butter, softened
- 3/4 c sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 c self-raising flour (or 1 c plain flour with 1 tsp baking powder)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 150 ml cider
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Butter a square, shallow cake tin. Ours was 21cm x 21cm (about 8in x 8in), but you could use a round one too.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, a good 2-3 minutes, then add vanilla and the eggs one at a time and beat again.
In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and the spices, then fold the flour mixture into the creamed butter. Add the cider and mix just until combined, don’t over mix.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin, then turn out and sprinkle with icing (powdered) sugar.
We served ours with unsweetened whipped cream that had a dash of cinnamon sprinkled through it and fresh strawberries.
Original recipe from Baking for Britain.
Song for this recipe:
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Happy Easter and Passover for those of you who celebrate.