Enjoy this delicious, tender cake and share it with family and friends as the perfect afternoon treat.
- 1 cup all-purpose Flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted Butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup Granulated Sugar, plus more for sprinkling over cake
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 tablespoons Dark Rum
- 2 baking Apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes (3½ - 4 cups chopped)
- Confectioners' Sugar (optional) for decorating
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch springform or regular cake pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. If using a regular cake pan, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease again.>
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Using a handheld mixer with beaters or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and rum. Don't worry if the batter looks grainy at this point; that's okay. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped apples.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and even the top. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a rack in the pan. Once cool, run a blunt knife around the edges of the cake. If using a springform pan, remove the sides. If using a regular cake pan, carefully invert the cake onto the rack, remove the parchment paper, then gently flip the cake over and place right-side-up on a platter. Using a fine sieve, dust with confectioners' sugar (if using).
- Cake can be served warm or room temperature, plain or with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Recipe source: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/french-apple-cake.html