Monday, 20 May 2013

Sundays are baking days..

Sundays have always been "baking day" in our house, and with mention on twitter of it having been International Baking Day yesterday we thought it was the perfect ocassion to celebrate with a yummy, Italian style, apple cake and to introduce our 'sweet' new cake stand! 
(Not that we ever need an excuse to bake a scrumptious cake...)

We got the recipe for this light, moist cake from G's Italian mother in law, or Nonna as we all rightly call her. It's one of many gorgeous recipes that have been passed down through the women in the family for generations and once you've tasted it you'll know just why! 

The best thing about this cake besides its wonderful texture and flavour, is that it's also very easy to make! It only requires ingredients that you're already likely to have in your pantry on any given day and the end result is incredibly pretty. What's not to like?

300 g of plain flour

100g of sugar
100g of unsalted butter ( melted)
1 cup of milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of baking powder 
2 large apples 
Icing sugar
Honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 200C
Peel, quarter and thinly slice the apples and set aside.
In a bowl stir in all wet ingredients first then add all the dry ingredients making sure everything is mixed well. 
Pour the mixture into a large cake tin then carefully add the apple slices, pressing each one down a little so that it is part submerged into the mix.
Decorate the cake with a few rounds of apple slices in a rosette pattern and finally dust with some confectioners sugar before placing it into the oven for about 30 minutes or until the cake starts to go golden brown and comes away from the sides of the cake tin. 
One nice touch is to take the cake out just before the end of its cooking time and brush some honey over the top then pop it back into the oven for a few minutes.. It comes out with a lovely glaze and even more delicious! 

You may have noticed our beautiful new "Allegra" cake stand which is providing the stage for Nonna's cake.  We wanted to create something reminiscent of what you might find displaying prized cakes in the windows of a traditional patisserie. Entirely hand made in Italy, its classic white sets off any type of cake and makes it ideal for mixing with existing tableware while its frilled edging just adds something extra special. 

Do you have a favourite cake recipe that's been passed down the family through the years? If so we'd love to hear about it! 


  1. Hmmm, looks delicious!
    And the cake stand is beautiful :)

    1. Honestly, it really is scrumptious! Really glad you like the cake stand too.

  2. Looks delicious! The cake stand is beautiful ..I make lots of cakes myself so this stand will definitely be on my list of must haves!