This apple fritter cake is a real crowd pleaser. It starts with a light, buttery cake base that is layered with an apple and brown sugar topping and then it is finished with a vanilla glaze. This apple cake is great to feed a crowd and uses up lots of apples. Best of all is that it is super simple to make not needing any special equipment or mixers! This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader! I called her Pomona.
I both love apple fritter donuts but I don't like deep frying so this cake was the perfect way to get the apple fritter donut flavour via baking. This apple cake came up as a suggestion on Instagram for me and as soon as I saw that gorgeous glaze I knew that I had to make it so I followed the trail to the apple fritter cake recipe which was on Budget101. The main reason that I wanted to make it was the enormous bowl of apples I had on my kitchen counter. I love getting my fortnightly vege box but during winter there's a lot of apples. Like A LOT. Couple that with the fact that Mr NQN and I don't like raw apples so we had about 20 apples that I wanted to use up.
This apple fritter cake has THREE DELICIOUS layers:
1 - The first is a simple vanilla butter cake base topped with chopped up apples. The cake base is made in a bowl with a spatula so no mixer is needed. It has a really lovely, light quality to it and a delicious buttery flavour.
2- The second part is a delicious buttery brown sugar cinnamon topping that you can mix up in a bowl with a spatula. The only thing is that you will need to make sure that the butter is quite soft (but not melted) so that it easily melds into a paste texture with very little effort.
3 - The last part is the vanilla glaze. You can make the glaze while the cake is baking. I hate sifting so I always make glazes in the food processor or Thermomix to save time and effort.
I love cooking for a crowd because I love having people over but I think small crowds are ideal for me. Earlier this month we had the Elliotts over and we got some fun news-Mr NQN's sister Araluen is engaged! Araluen is in love with love and weddings. She's a bit like Liz Taylor and J Lo in that respect. This is her fourth marriage and she approaches it with candour. Her fiancé is Ben, the son of a well known Australian artist and he is a musician and lives in the inner west. "The wedding is September 10th!' she said excitedly. We were all a bit shocked but then she clarified that it was the 10th of September 2023.
We started excitedly talking about the wedding. The budget is limited and she is planning a simple wedding with just family although with two large families it ends up being quite sizeable-everyone with their partners will end up being around 40 people. I think she was hoping that they could have it at our house but our house isn't quite big enough (nor do I think we are mentally or physically ready to host an alternative wedding). We already planned the hen's night though -Ben's brother hosts a karaoke night so I'm looking forward to getting back to some karaoke singing which I haven't done since BC (Before COVID).
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have any tips for weddings on a budget? Do you like apple fritters? What do you need to use up in your fruit bowl or fridge?