While I’m blase about pie, cake is another matter. Although chocolate cake will always be my favorite, I do enjoy a fruit cake too (not the dreaded fruit cake one receives for Christmas from distant relatives, but rather just a cake that has fruit in it). I’m not a beer drinker but when Oktoberfest comes around, I always like to make some German foods. I’ve made plenty of schnitzel and even a Linzer torte too (okay, I know this isn’t German but rather Austrian yet it works I feel), so this year I tried out something new, a schlupfkuchen, which in German means apple cake.
I’ve been on somewhat of a kick to do a better job with using up food I already have (I often buy things, they end up going bad, and I have to toss them). I’ve had apples for weeks that I just never got around to eating so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to use them for the cake. It was ridiculously simple to make and as the recipe only called for 1/2 cup of sugar, the cake wasn’t overly sweet either. In fact, I even had a slice for breakfast one morning. It was no more sweeter than any breakfast pastry, perhaps even less.
Schlupfkuchen (Apple Cake)
recipe courtesy of Cooking the German Way by Helga Parnell
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 lb (1/2 cup) margarine, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
rind of 1/2 lemon, grated
lemon juice from one lemon
6 small tart apples
2 teaspoons cinnamon
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch springform pan.
-In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
-In a large bowl, cream together margarine and 1/2 cup sugar. Add eggs and lemon rind and blend blend until fluffy. Add flour mixture and stir well.
-Squeeze lemon juice into a small bowl. Peel and core apples and cut into quarters. Dip pieces of apple into lemon juice so they won’t turn brown as you work with them. Make deep lengthwise cuts in 1/8 inch intervals across rounded side of each piece of apple.
-Press apples, cut side up, into the dough.
-In a small bowl, combine cinnamon with 2 tablespoons sugar. Sprinkle evenly over apples.
-Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake (not in apple) comes out clean.
-Serve with whipped cream.
MAKES 8 TO 10 PIECES