My eighty-fourth recipe with the Wednesday with Donna Hay group is Cinnamon Sugar-Coated Maple Apple Cakes, was chosen by Gaye, and is found in Donna Hay's cookbook Seasons on page 218 or online here.
The ingredient list: self-rising flour, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, eggs, apples, cinnamon, and also superfine sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
It's never a surprise in the group when I pick soup or Gaye picks cake because I love soup and Gaye loves to make cake. She is known for her cakes. At her place of employment, she gifts each person with a special birthday cake each year, and often marks other occasions with her cakes as well (a quick survey of her blog will net you any number of cakes to drool over). The recipe this week is no exception, when I saw the photo, I was already anticipating a tasty fruity cake and I was not disappointed.
There is a nice caramel flavor with the syrup and brown sugar in the recipe, which goes just lovely with the apples. I thought the cake would be dense and heavy with the brown sugar, syrup, apples, etc. but it wasn't at all, it was nice and light and airy, just sort of melted in my mouth with each bite.
It all goes together quite easily with ingredients you most often have on hand...if you don't have self-rising flour you can make your own: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1.5 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, easy peasy.
I would definitely make these again, enjoyed by both of us and a perfect ending to a weeknight meal. I had the little bundt pans that she suggested in the recipe, but Gaye didn't and simply made a full size bundt which worked out just fine. Oh, and you only need half the amount of cinnamon sugar topping, I had twice as much as I actually needed for a generous topping. Nice to know those sorts of things.
Wonder what the others thought? Gaye's post is here. Margaret's post is here. Chaya's post is here. Sarah's post is here. Next week is my choice, Creamy Spring Vegetable Soup, found in Donna Hay's cookbook Modern Classics 1 on page 18. Join us and leave a link to your post, no commitment required.