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In one of FB groups, whenever someone requests a recipe for apple cake, one of my virtual friends V always recommends Padma’s apple cake. I never got an opportunity to bake the cake until 10 days ago. The made 1/3rd of the recipe in my mini bundt pan and it was delicious. The cake is served with a glaze or butter sauce.
By the time I baked the cake it was already getting dark and the cake had to cool for an hour before it is flipped over to a platter. I took the picture in the pan when it was cooling. After transferring the cake to a platter, I took a quick picture with my point & shoot camera before slicing it. I was afraid my bundt pan might be small and in fact after baking, the cake raised above the rim. I could not pour all the sauce into the pan as it was already full. Nevertheless, the cake had a nice depth after removing from the pan.
Source: Padma’s Kitchen
Total Time: 75 – 80 minutes
Preparation: 15 – 20 minutes
Bake Time: 60 minutes
Yields: 1 mini (3 cups) bundt pan
Serves: 6 – 8 (1 ½”) slices
- Butter for greasing the pan (I used pam to spray the pan)
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ – 2/3 cups (I used ½ cup)
- ¼ + 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
- Dash of Salt, little less than 1/8 tsp.
- ¼ – ½ tsp. Cinnamon Powder (Check note below)
- 1 Egg
- ½ cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 – 1 ½ tbsp. Orange Juice
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 medium sized Apple cored, peeled and finely chopped or 1 cup chopped Apple (I used Granny Smith)
- 1/3 shredded Coconut
- 1/3 cup chopped Almonds or preferred nuts ( I used sliced almonds and lightly crushed with my fingers)
- 2 ½ tbsp. Butter
- ¼ – 1/3 cup Sugar
- 2 ½ – 3 tbsp. Buttermilk (I used 2 tbsp. yogurt and ½ – 1 tbsp. milk)
- 1/8 + a dash of Baking Soda
- Preheat the oven to 325 F (160C). Grease the pan with butter or spray with cooking spray.
- Cake – In bowl mix together sugar, egg, oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract until well incorporated.
- Fold in chopped apples, coconut and nuts to the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until tester comes out clean, about 1 hour.
- Sauce: prepare the sauce just before cake is done. It takes about 5 – 10 minutes to prepare the sauce.
- Melt butter in a sauce pan and stir in rest of the ingredients. Bring it to a rolling boil stirring it constantly. I actually took all the ingredients in a pan and melted on medium flame until butter melted and then increased the flame to bring it to rolling boil.
- Boil it for 1 more minute and pour it on to the hot cake once the cake is removed from the oven.
- Let it stand for 1 hour, then turn it to a platter or cake stand or a serving plate and let cool completely.
- Cut and serve the cake cold. I refrigerated the left over cake and warmed it for 20 seconds in the microwave before serving. Or leave it on counter top for ½ hour before serving.
- Cinnamon Powder – I used little over ¼ tsp. but left I could have used more. If one likes cinnamon in cakes, then one can use up to 1 tsp. of powder.
- Pan – I used a 3 cup mini bundt pan but any shaped pan can be used.
- Baking Time – If making full recipe, that is 3 times the recipe listed above, baking time would 1 ½ hours.
- I liked the slightly burnt crust and would not have minded baking it for another 5 – 10 minutes for thick burnt crust.