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Something a little different to make for the festive season, this has a cream-cheese frosting, topped with chocolate sauce and poached apple slices Polish Christmas apple cake
Serves: 12
Prep time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs:Mid-price

Ingredients

For the sponge:

    • 2 medium eggs

 

    • 90g (3oz) caster sugar

 

    • 60g (2oz) plain flour

 
For the decoration:

    • 200g pack cream cheese (we used Philadelphia)

 

    • 100g (3½oz) icing sugar

 

    • 60g (2oz) chopped toasted hazelnuts

 

    • 1 medium cooking apple

 

    • 2 level tbsp granulated sugar

 
For the chocolate sauce:

    • 90g (3oz) butter

 

    • 125g (4oz) caster sugar

 

    • 2 level tbsp cocoa powder, sifted

 

    • 1 large egg, beaten

 

    • 19cm (7½in) cake tin, baselined, buttered and floured

 

 

Method

 

    1. To make the cake: Set the oven to Gas Mark 5 or 190°C. Put eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk over a pan of boiling water until very thick (use an electric whisk for speed). Fold in the flour. Pour into prepared tin. Bake for 25 mins. Turn out on a wire rack to cool.

 

    1. To decorate: Beat cream cheese with icing sugar and spread mixture all over cake with a palette knife, until smooth. Press chopped hazelnuts into the sides and make a border around the top edge with them, reserving a tbsp for the middle. Chill the cake to firm up the coating.

 

    1. Peel, quarter and core the apple, then cut each quarter into 3 or 4 slices. Make a syrup with the sugar and 2 tbsp water and poach the apple slices for a few minutes until cooked but still firm.

 

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

Fat 19.0g

 

Saturates 10.0g

 

Calories 327(kcal)

 

Recipe by Woman’s Weekly