Thursday, 15 January 2015

Apple and Strawberry Crumble Cake

As far as cakes go, this one isn't all that bad. By that I mean, it's slightly on the more healthy side than your average chocolate cake. That means you can eat a bigger slice. Which you will want to do. Trust me. 





This cake makes a beautiful dessert. It's packed full of lovely fresh apples and topped with big juicy strawberries.


 I really loved the layers that make up this cake - the bottom vanilla cake, the middle apple layer, the crunchy crumble, and the lovely fresh strawberries. 

I was nervous about how this cake would turn out - and especially how it would go down with my honey, being a bit healthier than my usual desserts. To my relief it was fantastic. I was so happy with it, and Emmet adored it. I will definitely make this one many more times!

Apple and Strawberry Crumble Cake


Serves 10


Base

100 g butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup self-raising flour
100 mL skim milk

Filling


1 cup unsweetened apple juice
4 tablespoons cornflour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 apples, peeled, thinly sliced


Crumble


1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 Cup brown sugar
50 g butter, chopped
3 tablespoons liquid honey


To top

200 g fresh strawberries, halved
3 Tbsp strawberry jam, melted

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base of a 20 cm-round springform cake tin with baking paper.

2. To make the filling, combine 1/3 cup of the apple juice with cornflour and mix well. Set aside. In a medium saucepan combine the rest of the apple juice, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in cornflour mixture. Mix well and then stir continuously until it thickens. Remove from heat. Add to apple slices and mix well to thoroughly coat the apple.

3. To make crumble combine flour, rolled oats and sugar in a bowl. Add honey and butter. Rub with your fingertips to form a crumble consistency.


4. To make base, combine butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat until light and creamy. Add egg and beat to combine. Fold in flour and add milk. Mix gently.


5. Pour base mixture into prepared tin. Spread apple filling over base then scatter crumble mixture on top. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


6. Decorate with strawberries and drizzle over the jam. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.



20 comments:

  1. I love the layers and flavors in your crumble cake. Very creative and I bet it tastes amazing!

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  2. Beautiful and delicious looking! Who could resist the strawberries in (on) this one?!

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  3. Oh my gosh this looks AMAZING! Strawberries are my very favorite, definitely making this one!

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  4. Oh heavens, that looks wonderful!!

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  5. This is simply beautiful! I love it. I think this would be a total hit with my mom for mother's day brunch. I've pinned it for later. Thanks!

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  6. Love the strawberries, Along with the apple it's full of fruity healthfulness! :)

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  7. What a beautiful dessert. Pinning this to make for the next event I need to take a dessert to!

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  8. Oh my, that is very, very tasty. I want some now.

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  9. Strawberries are my eternal love! I can't wait for their season to start. This is one delicious dessert!

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  10. This cake looks so delicious and I would love a LARGE slice please.

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  11. Another gorgeous cake Nicole! I think you should consider opening a bakery...everything you make is incredible!

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  12. Oh man this cake is beautiful--it looks amazing, and I bet it tastes amazing too!

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  13. Not only goes this recipe sound delicious but it also looks gorgeous! I am definitely saving this one for later.

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  14. My favorite kind of dessert! A fruity dessert! Another fantastic recipe!

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  15. Lovely and yes, give me the biggest piece :)

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  16. I will have the same but no cinnamon for me please ;-) Great job Nicole!

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  17. Gorgeous and delicious looking cake.
    Unique combo - strawberry and apples :)

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  18. Nicole, this cake is beautiful! Pinning :)

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  19. Looks very delicious and visually appealing as well......

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