Toffee Apple and Pecan Cake with Easy Caramel Sauce


Hello Dear Reader,

Once a month, at work, we have a morning tea to celebrate whatever has happened in that month, retirements, birthdays, promotions, ect. I try and make something different each time and it also has to be easy, especially in the time it takes to make and bake. Enter Thelma the Thermomix, it dramatically cuts down time when cutting in the butter to flour and mixing the batter. I know there is a lot of steps but it really is easy to put together and it is a sensational cake!

Ingredients for Toffee Apple and Pecan Cake with Easy Caramel Sauce

Prepare cake tin

Cake Batter 

In a microwave safe pyrex jug add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and maple syrup. Microwave for 1 minute on high

Set aside to cool

Once cooled add the milk and beat the eggs in a separate bowl

Add beaten eggs and mix well 

In the bowl of a food processor add the flour, salt and baking powder.

Add 80 grams of butter 

And blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. 

Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients in the bowl of the food processor
and blitz until well combined

Peel and dice apples into chunky pieces

Divide apples into two piles

Now mix 1/2 of the peeled and diced apples, using a soft spatula, into the batter.
Pour batter into prepared springform tin

Glaze

In a small microwave safe bowl, add the butter and the maple syrup

Give it a good mix

Use a pastry brush to glaze top of cooked cake

Topping

Scatter the other half of the apples over the cake

Cut pecans in half lengthways and scatter over cake


Cake, ready for the oven

Golden and delicious cake 

Caramel Sauce
Melt butter in a small saucepan 


Add brown sugar and cream to melted butter 

Mix well

Bring to a gentle boil, turn heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes

Serve with caramel sauce drizzled over the top, so wonderful

Recipe

Cake Batter

160 grams butter, divided. Keep and cut 80 grams of the butter into cubes and keep cold until needed
250 grams brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
250 grams plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Topping

2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into smallish chunks
3/4 cup pecans, cut in half lengthways

Glaze

40 grams butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Easy Caramel Sauce

115 grams butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
a pinch of salt

Method

Cake Batter

Preheat oven to 180 C. Prepare 20cm springform tin by spraying with cooking spray and lining it with baking paper
In a microwave safe pyrex jug, add 80 grams butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Microwave, on high, for 1 minute. Remove and give it a good stir, set aside to cool
In the bowl of a food processor, add flour, baking powder and salt. Add the 80 grams of butter you kept separate (cold and cubed) Now blitz flour and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs
Add the milk to the melted butter/sugar mixture, stir well, then add beaten eggs to this mixture and again stir well until all incorporated
Add this liquid mixture to the flour/butter mixture in the bowl of the food processor and blitz until smooth, add 1/2 of apples and gently mix into cake batter
Pour the cake batter in to the prepared springform tin
Top with other half of apple chunks and pecans and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and brush top of cake with glaze (see below) Now return it to the oven and cook further for another 10 minutes or until golden brown 
Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes then remove the springform top and bottom. Let cool on a wire rack

Glaze
Combine the melted butter and maple syrup and stir well

Easy Caramel Sauce
In a small saucepan melt the butter, add brown sugar and stir briskly until combined well. Add cream and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vanilla and a pinch of salt, again stir well. As it cools, it will thicken

To serve, drizzle over cake or ice-cream or anything you want really

Phew, there you have it, one divine cake. I know it looks like a lot of steps, but each step is easy, I swear!

So, tell me, what cake do you make when you want to impress?










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