Apple Rose Cake
I love baking cakes and especially cakes that have a creative twist to them. Today baking is an art and the internet is full of fantastic recipes and cakes that are works of art. Some are simple, some very intricate and there are enough and more recipes to choose from. I particularly like to browse through Pinterest and save them to my various boards. This is a combination of a couple of cakes I enjoyed baking and giving as a gift to various people.
2/3 cup brown sugar; 1 2/3 cup white caster sugar; 2 tsp cinnamon powder; 1 cup butter; 4 medium eggs; 3 tsp vanilla essence; 3 cups flour; 3 1/2 tsp baking powder; 1 cup milk; 2 apples- Wash and cut the apple into quarters. Core it. Place the cut side down and slice each half as thin as you can. Keep in 1 cup water with 1/4 tsp salt for 5 minutes to prevent the slices from going brown. Drain and use as required.
2 x 9 inch round pans, greased and lined
Makes 2 Cakes
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Keep aside till required.
Beat caster sugar and butter at room temperature till creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and then beat in the vanilla essence. Add the sieved flour and baking powder to the batter 1/2 cup at a time, gently stirring to incorporate the mixture. Divide the batter into two portions.
1. For The Apple Rose Cake: Cake Number One
Pour half the batter of portion number 1 into one of the greased and lined pans. Arrange slices from half an apple on the batter, gently pressing to position the slices. Sprinkle 1/4 of the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over the sliced apples. Pour the remaining half of the batter from portion number one over the apples and cinnamon mixture and layer with slices and sprinkle with 1/4 of the cinnamon. Bake in pre heated oven at 175 Degrees Celcius / 350 Degrees Farenheit for 40 minutes or until skewer inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool completely and arrange the roses and leaves on the cake attaching them with honey or icing to stay firmly in place.
How To Make The Roses: See the video on how to make the roses. It's pretty easy.
For Roses: 1 red apple; 2 tbsp sugar; 1 tbsp honey; 3 tbsp water.
Wash and cut the apple. Core it. Place the cut side down and slice each half very thin. Place in a small saucepan with the sugar, honey and water. Bring to the boil and simmer 3 to 5 minutes until the slices are soft. Take out the slices and cool on a plate.
For the Pastry: 1 cup plain flour, sifted; 1/2 stick butter- 55 gms approx; 3 tbsp cooked apple water.
Knead the sifted flour, apple water and cut butter until smooth. Shape into a ball and cut into two pieces. Roll out each piece into a rectangle. Cut into strips 1 inch in width and 8-10 inches in length. Take a strip and place 5 to 6 cooked apple slices on it overlapping each other. Roll from one end to another into a rose. Repeat with all the strips until the cooked apple slices are used up. Make a few leaves too. Place the roses in cup cake cases. Arrange leaves on baking paper and bake both together in a preheated oven at 175 Celcius for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and glaze with honey using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Arrange on Apple Rose Cake when cool.
2. For The Apple Cake: Cake Number Two
To see how to arrange the sliced apple go to
Pour all the batter of portion number 2 into one of the greased and lined pans. Sprinkle 1/4 of the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over the batter. Arrange slices from remaining apple all around the batter, gently pressing to position the slices to look like a rose. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon mixture over the top and gently tap the pan to release any air bubble in the mixture. Bake in pre heated oven at 175 Degrees Celcius / 350 Degrees Farenheit for 40 minutes or until skewer inserted in cake comes out clean.
Serve both cakes warm or at room temperature with Vanilla Ice cream for an unforgettable experience.