Sharing a simple and delicious cake that is my go to no-fail, low mess morning tea that is made in one saucepan. I can't recall where the original recipe came from to give credit to, but whomever published this first I thank you because it's a goody. I've also included flavour variations, and instructions on making this gluten free.
Without further ado, here's the recipe.
For the cake:
125 grams butter
2 apples, cored and grated (no need to peel)
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups plain white flour (or use half and half wholemeal)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (more if you like it spicy)
For the topping:
1 cup jumbo rolled oats
50 grams butter
1/2 brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180 C.
Grease and line a 20 cm (more or less) round cake tin.
In a medium size saucepan, melt the first measure of butter on a low heat.
Add grated apples, sugar and egg. Keep the heat low (so as not to scramble the egg) while stirring gently until the sugar has dissolved. Then turn off the heat.
Sift in the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir to mix.
Lastly add the baking soda, the mix will froth a little bit.
Pour cake batter into the tin, set aside.
Make the topping by putting the rolled oats, 50 grams butter and brown sugar into the pan (use the same one). Heat gently until all is melted. Spread evenly over the top of the cake.
Bake for 40-45 minutes.
Serve with yoghurt or cream.
For a gluten free version, substitute regular flour for gluten free (I use Edmonds but any will work). Add 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional).
Omit the rolled oats topping, unless you have gluten free rolled oats.
Instead, dust with icing sugar when cold and decorate with your favourite edible flowers, crushed nuts or dried fruit.
For a flavour variation, which works with both gluten and gluten free options:
Exchange cinnamon for powdered ginger 1 - 1 1/2 tsps.
Exchange 1 of the grated apples for chopped feijoas, skin on.
I think you could also get good results by experimenting with other moist fruits, such as pineapple, pear, plums or even grated carrot.