“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Like a Dubai summer that seems to last all year long, this cake recipe is one that passes with flying colours regardless the season you serve it in! That’s why I call it: The All Year Round Spiced Apple Cake.
All year round, you will find good apples to munch on. The snowy effect of dusting the cake with icing sugar, makes it ideal for winter and the festive season. The use of spices and their aromas evoke an autumnal feel affirmed by the apple wafers that are like the falling leaves in autumn. Then the green apples add a tone of spring, from their colour to their fresh flavours. And the caramel brown colour, like beach bodies tanned by continuous exposure to the sun, which is very summer to me. It is a cake that celebrates all seasons, and so I make it very often, and everyone loves it.
Expanding the serving perspective
The way you serve a cake can make a huge difference to the overall eating experience. The same cake can produce, massively different results according to how it’s served, and the accompaniments you go for. This cake is, in that sense, very universal. It is a perfect coffee cake, as it’s sweetness contrasts the bitterness in coffee. It goes very well with flavoured teas as well making it a perfect afternoon treat. You can also serve the cake with thickened cream or a brown sugar cream (cream, cinnamon and apples are the reason why threesome is a word). The extra moistness from the cream makes the cake become more like a pudding in experience.
With that said, my favourite way to serve this cake is alongside a fruit salad. You won’t believe how this cakes marries a fruit salad! The flavours just compliment each other and bring out all the goodness in every bite. So I would usually make a bowl of fruit salad, and this cake. Then when I slice the cake, I place it in the plate and top it with a large scoop of fruit salad and dress it with the salad juices. Ah! Heavenly! You really have to give it a try, you will love it.Simply use any available seasonal fruits for making the salad and go for this option for your next dessert menu. The whole thing is light, flavoursome, fresh, will never leave you feeling overly full, and everyone will most certainly reach out for seconds.
One of the things I love about this cake is its look. This is not one of those straight, perfect looking, calculated cakes. It is more spontaneous, very homemade with a country kitchen feel to it. In terms of texture it is super moist, due to the use of the Muscovado sugar, which is moister than other sugars. You get an occasional crunch from pieces of apples that did not overly cook, and some bursts of juiciness from those that did cook to softness. The spices are optional, you can go for one, or more, you can even add some ginger and cloves when you make it during the festive season. These spices, give depth to the flavours, and make it all the more aromatic, scenting your whole neighbourhood and setting off craves. Teamed up with the fruit salad it is just layers upon layers of flavour and texture!
I will stop my Charles Dickens descriptive spree for now and will leave you to try it and decide. Since we are talking about little tweaks that change the look and experience of cakes, I have also included for you a video that shows you how with a small change you can produce 6 different styles out of the same cake!