|Main ingredients||Flour, butter, sugar, apples|
Apple cake is a popular dessert produced with the main ingredient of apples. Such a cake is made through the process of slicing this sweet fruit to add fragrance to a plain cake base. Traditional apple cakes go a step further by including various spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, which give a unique flavour. Upon the addition of spices the batter can also be accompanied by crushed nuts, the most popular being walnuts and almonds.
Dorset apple cake, Devon apple cake and Somerset apple cake are traditional forms of this cake, respectively from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, England. They may include apple juices local to these counties as part of their recipes, but are not necessary.
An apple layer cake
Polish apple cake
Apple cake called szarlotka or jabłecznik is a common traditional dessert in Poland, made from sweetcrust pastry and spiced apple filling. It can be topped with kruszonka (crumbles), meringue or a dusting of caster sugar. An additional layer of budyń (a Polish variation of custard) sometimes can be found. In restaurants and cafes it is usually served hot with whipped cream and coffee.
In Scandinavia, apple cakes are typically prepared from sour apples and baked in a dough made from sugar, butter, flour, eggs, and baking powder. The cake is then topped with apples, cinnamon and sugar, sometimes also chopped almonds. Apple crumble pie is also common.
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- Castella, Krystina. A World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions From Cultures Around the World. Storey Publishing. p. 144. ISBN 1-60342-576-4. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
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