French apple cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, wedged into ½-inch segments and portioned
  • 1 stick (4-ounces) butter
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup seedless raisins
  1. Line the base of an 8-inch loose-bottomed cake tin with non-stick foil or parchment paper. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet in case the batter seeps out at the bottom.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350˚F.
  3. Prepare the apple and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter and set aside.
  5. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  6. Beat the eggs until foamy, add the sugar and beat until light.
  7. Mix in the rum and vanilla.
  8. Fold in the butter and flour mixture alternatively to form a smooth batter.
  9. Lightly fold in the apple and raisins.
  10. Scrape into the cake tin and arrange the apple pieces evenly.
  11. Bake at 350˚F for 50-60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. The top will be golden brown.
  12. Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Leave it on the base until just before serving.
  13. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed – with whipped cream or ice cream.
Recipe by Cape Point Press at