Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Canadian Apple Cake


Part of the fantastic amounts of food moving about our tables at the holidays was a big box of apples, a gift from our godmother. C & I hauled it home, the apples’ sweet smell escaping from the carton and making me sigh…they smelled so good! We unloaded our loot as soon as we arrived and I brought out our biggest white platter, piled the apples high, and placed it in the middle of our dining room table. It looked, and smelled, fabulous.

Just seeing the apples started a chain of apple-cooking-and-baking plans in my head, but this was the middle of the Christmas season and we were off to one place or another, buying gifts and having wonderful meals with family. So the apples remained piled high in the middle of our table, no less fabulous, but slowly and surely moving towards their use-by date.

Finally, I took them in my arms, murmured fervent apologies for the neglect, and promised that this was finally the day when they would become more than a centerpiece! The first dish I made was a delicious salad with apples and blue cheese. But I had to move fast, as there were still more apples that needed parts to play before they were past their prime. What to do? Well, there is one girl to turn to when you find yourself with an abundance of apples. You can throw her an orchard’s worth and she will juggle them into luscious home made treats with ease and aplomb. Her name is Pille and it was to her blog, Nami-Nami I went for a solution.


I chose to go with what she dubs her “most faithful apple cake recipe”: Kanada Ƶunakook (Canadian Apple Cake). You will find the recipe here, along with the story of a Canadian cake in an Estonian (Pille’s from Estonia) cookbook. I stuck to the recipe pretty much exactly; except I didn’t have an eight inch springform pan so I used a regular pan but it still came out fine…obediently slipping out of the pan, almost as if it wanted me to love it. And my new pink cake stand makes its debut performance!



I cannot say enough both how delicious, and how easy to make, this cake is. It’s a cinnamon-laced cake, filled with apple chunks that go soft and sweet in the baking, adding moistness to the cake. To top it off, quite literally, is a cinnamon crumb mixture that melds beautifully into the cake, still chewy in some places, and crunchy in others. C & I both enjoyed it, with C exclaiming, “We should have this with vanilla ice cream!” And so the next day we bought a tub, carted the cake to my parents’ house, and shared our bounty with my mom, dad, and brother. But we are not the only ones who have enjoyed this cake…check out the other bloggers who have tried it.

Thank you Pille for being so generous with your apple expertise!

(and don’t think that this is the end of the apple posts…)

22 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes to Apple Cake - it's just good and this looks excellent!

Socky said...

I agree with C. Apple cakes and vanila ice cream - a pair made in heaven.

Pille said...

Gosh, I'm blushing now:) Thank you for your kind words, Joey, and I'm very pleased to hear you liked this particular cake!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanna! Thanks :) Definitely a "Yes"!

Hi Socky! Yup, they were great together :)

Hi Pille! Thank you for sharing your recipe! It was delicious and there will definitely be repeat performances! :)

christine said...

Oh yum, apples, cinnamon and ice cream. It's hard to beat that combination! Your cake sounds so good, jojo. :)

veron said...

I've been searching for an apple-walnut cake recipe. Do you think if I added walnuts to it, that would work ?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nens! Thanks! It is such a classic combination no? Just like your glorious apple crisp! Next time I have to try my hand at that too :)

Hi Veron! Than sounds good! I don't see why it wouldn't work with walnuts...what you can do is just watch the amount of apples that go in (from the original recipe) as you are putting in the walnuts as well, just to make sure the cake isn't "overstuffed" :)

Ivonne said...

That is one lovely apple cake! And it's Canadian so that makes it even better!

:o)

Martha Marshall said...

Thank you for this. We had made of an apple torte for years, sort of like a big soft cinnamon-y cookie with crunchy crust and generous apple topping. Then I lost the recipe, a yellowed and well-worn 25-year-old newspaper clipping! (That was of course before I had the presence of mind to begin transferring all my favorite recipes to the computer.) We've been on a search for a replacement ever since. I can't wait to try this one!

oggi said...

I love the scent of apples too! I also have lots if apples sitting on my counter so I made the salad from your previous post and I tell you, it's wonderful, everyone in my house loved it!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ivonne! Thanks! Visit Pille's to learn more about the Estonian-Canadian roots of this cake :)

Hi Martha! Thanks for visiting and glad to be of help :) It's really yummy...you should check out Nami-Nami (where I got this recipe) for more delicious bakes apple treats!

Hi Oggi! I'm so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the salad! :)

Midge said...

Hi, Joey! Your better half is absolutely right: the sheer, cinnamony perfection of apple cake (or pie or dumpling or turnover...) definitely gets boosted by vanilla ice cream. In which case, I recommend the vanilla of either Magnolia or Arce Dairy!

Incidentally, come on over to my blog; I just did the "everything-nice-from-Co-op-Japanese-grocery" post. =^w^=

bea at La tartine gourmande said...

yum yum, apple cake, I would love to try a slice, two! ;-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! I think we did get Arce...or Selecta :) I wanted mantecado actually, but C insisted on vanilla :) Thanks for the heads up, went over to your blog to check it out...must run by Coop again soon!

Hi Bea! I wish I could fax or email some over to you but it's all gone :)

Britt-Arnhild said...

Apples are perfect for so many things. My dh and I just had some leftover applepie made by my mom. Ate it with sour cream and a sweet fruit sauce. Mmm

Kristen said...

That looks beyond incredible. Wow!

Midge said...

Hi ulit, Joey! Glad you stopped by my blog. The savory flakes we usually sprinkle on rice are called furikake and there are several different varieties of it. Nori is, obviously, seaweed, katsuoboshi is dried bonito flakes, sake is dried salmon, and the bright yellow oyako is chicken and egg bits.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Britt-Arnhild! Thanks for stopping by :) Yes, apples are really good for a lot of things...even in savory dishes! :)

Hi Kristen! Thanks for visiting here and leaving such a nice comment :)

Hi Midge! Thank you!!! I better print that out when I go :)

katrina said...

My sister makes an apple cake with choc. chips (in our opinion, few things would not be improved by the addition of chocolate) and cream cheese frosting. The combination of the sweet, bittersweet, sour, tangy and creamy is a winner!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! That sounds sooo good! :) I definitely agree about the chocolate...it's truly a gift from the food gods! :) I will try that next time...

sha said...

hahaha when ever i have old apples I would bake Pille's apple cake!!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Sha! Yup...this is really a great recipe, no? :)