I have made this Apple Cake many times now, and it just keeps getting better and better. Sometimes I peel the apples, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I add sour cream, sometimes milk or yogurt. Sometimes I add nutmeg as well as cinnamon,and sometimes I don’t add either. I now think I have come up with the nicest Apple Cake recipe. I didn’t peel the apples (it looks nicer that way), I added vanilla yogurt (for extra moistness), and I left out the nutmeg (as cinnamon is all it really needs).
Variations of Apple Cake are made throughout Europe. Germany, Sweden and Denmark all have their own recipes, which are often seen for sale in the windows of bakeries & in cafes. In Britain, each apple growing region has its own individual way of making this cake. Some grate apple into the cake mix, some mix in chunks of apples and some layer apples on the top or bottom of the cake. Some add apple juice to the cake mix and some add milk. I wonder if any of them included cider – I will have to look into that. 😍
In Guernsey, we have a traditional ‘apple cake dessert’ called Gache Melee that has been around for hundreds of years. Although it is delicious (and one day I will make it for this site), it is far from photogenic and it is stacked so full of fat and sugar that it should come with its own Public Health warning.
I don’t really know whether this Apple Cake should be identified as a Dutch, German, Cornish or Danish Apple Cake. It’s a real mish mash of parts of recipes but whatever the origin it is a good cake and well worth trying. It is particularly good served warm. I have eaten large slices of it cold on its own and even bigger slices of it straight from the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!
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