1 hour 30 minutes
Stewed apples built into a triple-decker cake. Apples, butter, cinnamon and layered with thick cream, this Triple-Layered Apple Cake takes the cake (!) in terms of moisture and indulgence. Use microwaved apricot jam to brush over the top of the cake for another layer of indulgence.
90g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
2 cups raw sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 small red apples, peeled, quartered and diced
3 cups self-raising flour
2 tsp Gewürzhaus Apple Cake Spice
1 red apple for layering, top layer
1 tbsp Gewürzhaus Vanilla Bean Sugar
3 tbsp apple or apricot jam, top layer
3 red apples
30g unsalted butter
1 tsp Gewürzhaus Apple Cake Spice
1 tsp raw sugar
300ml thickened cream, not light
For the stewed apples, melt butter in a heavy based saucepan, then add apples, simmering on the very lowest heat for about 10 minutes. Add spice and sugar and stir under. Continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes until the apples are tender. You don’t want them mushy; they should retain a slight crunch, yet be cooked. Set aside.
Preheat gas oven to 180°C. Make the two layers in separate bowls (from base ingredients): Cream butter and sugar by hand. Mix in egg and apples. Sift in flour and spice, then gently fold under. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk here if it too dry and lift under until the batter is combined. Place into lined 22cm springform tins and smooth out.
Bake bases for 25 minutes. Whilst these are baking, quarter and core an apple, slicing super thin segments to layer onto the top of the cake. Toss these in vanilla bean sugar and set aside. Remove top base from oven and carefully but quickly layer the apple segments in a fan onto the cake. Bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Be careful not to over-bake.
When bases are cool, heat 3 tablespoons of apple or apricot jam in the microwave until thick yet fluid. Brush over the top of the apple layer.
To stack, place the bottom layer onto your serving plate. Spread the stewed apples evenly over the base, pressing down gently. Precut the top layer into the slices you want, making sure you cut no further than half way through. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
Spread over the apple layer. Carefully place the top base onto the whipped cream layer.
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