Torta de mele
Father’s day treat
Which apples are best for baking this cake?
Ingredients to make this rustic apple cake
Milk: sometimes eggs aren’t enough to provide the liquid batter. So a bit of milk helps through easy mixing and smoothening the batter.
Sugar: usually white sugar or unrefined sugar is enough to make this cake. As the cake is an easy mix and has lots of sweet apples not a lot of sugar is needed.
Salt: a pinch of salt always make the best desserts. This brings forth the sweetness of the apples.
Butter: since we use melted butter for this recipe there is no creaming or heavy whisking needed to combine the wet ingredients. It is practically a mix-and-dump cake and so perfect for beginners.
Lemon zest: Lemon zest brightens the flavours of this cake. I love the fragrance it gives as you rub it into the dry flour.
Baking soda and baking powder: for the perfect rise of the cake add new baking soda and baking powder.
Icing sugar: I like to dust a bit of icing sugar on top once the cake cools down. This is totally up to you.
Let’s get baking
Preheat the oven: get the oven heated up to 180 degrees for about 10 minutes. When the cake is placed in this warm oven the baking powder and baking soda are activated causing the rise of the cake.
Get the cake batter together: Whisk the wet ingredients together and combine them with the dry ones. then add in the apples chopped and mix the batter well. You don’t have to have any equipment to do this s just a big bowl and spatula will do.
Baking: the cake is baked in a preheated 180-degree oven. You may have to pre-calibrate the oven to help you understand the temperatures a bit better. I have used a round pan, if using a bundt pan, the cooking time will slightly reduce. The batter in the round pan should only be halfway up to ensure it cooks evenly.
Cooling and slicing: Once the cake comes out of the oven rest it for at least 30 minutes. This is to allow the cooked apple slices to cool before cutting so they do not turn mushy. Just before slicing sprinkle some icing sugar on top for that old-time bakery looks.
Rustic apple cake
- cake mould 8 inch round.
- mixing bowls and spoons.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour baking variety.
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 large egg or flax eggs
- 4 medium apples roughly chopped
- 1/2 small apple sliced thin
- 3 tbsp lemon juice.
- 2 tbsp pinenuts to add to the batter.
- 2 tbsp icing sugar for dusting.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and dust it with flour. Set it aside.
- Peel, core and chop the apples.
- Toss in with the lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Slice the apples for the top and coat them wih lemon juice too.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda together and set aside in a bowl.
- Gently rub the lemon zest into the dry flour to release the fragnace.
- Whisk the wet ingredients together till combined.
- Add the wet mix to the dry and combine gently.
- Add in the apple chopped and mix gently to spread evenly.
- Pour batter into the prepared cake tin.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.
- Check with a skewer for doneness. Sometimes the batter may need another 5 minutes in the cetre.
- Remove and cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes.
- Unmould by loosening the sides with a knife.
- The torte de mele is now ready to be sliced.
Meal prep with torta de mele
The torta de mele stays great for a week in the refrigerator. Save it in a closed container and slice it as you go to prevent drying. I haven’t tried freezing this cake, if you have successfully done so, let us know in the comments.
Setting up an afternoon tea
Classic masala tea
The lighter Assam tea and
For smaller bites, you can have some cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches or a simple tomato cheese one.
The main attraction is the desserts anyway. Slice up this rustic apple cake and add some fairy cakes. Keep some sweet whipped cream or a basic vanilla ice cream to have with the cakes. Individual shot cups of chocolate mousse or mango custard also look great for afternoon tea. You can also pop in a couple of cookies onto the tray for a variety.
Enjoy making this cake and hopefully, you will share it with your dad for this fathers day. Let us know how the bake came out and rate this recipe as you make it. Subscribe or stay in touch through Instagram or Facebook to see our updates.
Happy Father’s Day!