Tuesday, March 1, 2011

apple cake/bread with whole wheat....

 The cake is heavy on the apple flavor as apples are used in three forms. Apple juice , apple pieces and apple sauce, making it a moist cake made with lesser fat and some whole wheat.This should be a good reason to keep this cake in the fridge when kids are visiting, or you have growing kids of your own.

A couple of years ago a friend of mine had come with her daughter and the daughter had liked this cake . Knowing that this kid was fed on bakery bought pastries with heavy icing , i was not surprised when she did not recognize a cake without icing . It's not a cake...she had announced. Surprisingly , she liked the cake when i served it saying it is a nice bread . Later, I had packed some of this cake for the kid and when after some time this friend asked for the recipe i did not actually remember which apple cake i had made that time . In all probability , my memory indicates as the child was in love with the apples , also she thought it was a bread and not a cake ( the most unattractive cake it is , if you believe it's a cake ) it must have been this cake and now after more than 2 years i am posting this recipe. With all my apologies to this friend of mine ....

So do not go by how it looks ..... better call it an apple bread if you please...

The cake/bread is the most easy cake you might have prepared . It is all the more convenient when you have some apple butter in your fridge , homemade or otherwise. Even if you do not have some apple butter , it's so easy to peel a few apples core them , dice them and microwave them with a little sugar and a stick of cinnamon or any other spice you like ..... blend to make a puree and viola !!! I keep a jar of apple butter in my fridge almost all the time.

Now armed with apple butter you just need a few ordinary things to start with.

apples 2 nos peeled and chopped in cubes
apple butter 1.5 cup( mine was quite thick like jam)
apple juice 1/2 cup approximately ( i used from a carton)
whole wheat flour (atta) 2 cups
sugar 3/4 cup or more if the apple butter has no sugar
eggs 4 nos.
oil 1/2 cup
baking powder 2 tsp
soda bicarb 1/2 tsp
cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp ( indian cinnamon)
nutmeg powder a pinch
apple or vanilla essence


Mix oil , sugar and eggs and whisk till fluffy . Add the apple butter and whisk to mix .

Mix the atta with baking powder, soda bi carb and the spice powders , mixing them dry before adding them to the wet mixture.

Add the essence and the apple pieces to the batter . The batter should be barely dropping consistency so add the apple juice at this stage to adjust consistency. If your apple butter is thin , you may not need to add the apple juice at all , and this will not interfere with the flavor of the cake . Thicker apple butter results in a richer flavor of the cake , just that.

The consistency of the batter should be thick...  A thick batter which resists when dropped from a ladle...

Line a baking tray with greased butter paper , or whatever way you grease or line your cake tin , and bake for 45-50 minutes on 180 degree. Check with a skewer after 35 minutes and decide how much more time it needs in the oven...for me it's always a matter of how the cake is behaving this time ....as i keep changing the proportions of the ingredients :)

This is the kind of cake which fills your kitchen with a nice toasted apple or apple pie aroma in your kitchen ..... you would be impatient with the cooling of this cake i tell you...

No problems even if you cut this cake while still warm , but cooling will be a good idea if you want nice clean slices .

Enjoy the cake for a week or two , if it lasts that long . Or simply make a large one . This cake or bread whatever you like to call it , keeps well in the fridge for about 2 weeks , actually gets better with time , ages well as they say ...


  1. looks just like you describe it-the fact that it is made with atta & apples galore makes it yummy and healthy :)

  2. delicious and tempting cake something new and different.

  3. I'm loving the sound of this delicious cake and I have a feeling that my kids would love it. Hey Sangeeta, thanks for the tip on the apple butter, too.

  4. Apple cake looks truly irresistible and yumm!thanks for visiting my blog and lovely word...u have wonderful blog,love to follow u..

  5. Looks superb dear, lovely color and so moist looking.

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  7. Super cake..looks great!! I love all your kulcha recipes. Will try soon!!