Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Custard Cake (Curtis Stone)

This is an amazing cake!

Well, how amazing is this? First of all, this cake is super-easy to bake. All I did is simply whisk and bake. It is moist and apple-licious and the best part is that it makes its apple custard layer on its own while baking!

This Curtis Stone's recipe can be found in Coles website. It has two distinct layers; the bottom one is the apple custard layer and the top layer is a lightly sugared cake layer. To make this cake, all I need to do is to mix the cake batter using a whisk. Separate the batter into two portions. Add egg yolk and apple slices into the custard batter and extra flour into the other batter and layer them accordingly. Dead-easy!

A Curtis Stone's recipe: Apple Cinnamon Custard Cake
I'm thinking of the apple-and-orange quote from the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding while mixing these :)
Making the cake batter... Easy, isn't it?
Batter for the top layer
Batter for the bottom apple custard layer
Assembling the cake
Bake for 45 minutes and the cake is ready!
Amazed?
I am... with this very-moist and beautiful apple cake!
"You know, the root of the word Miller is a Greek word. Miller come from the Greek word "milo," which is mean "apple," so there you go. As many of you know, our name, Portokalos, is come from the Greek word "portokali," which mean "orange." So, okay? Here tonight, we have, ah, apple and orange. We all different, but in the end, we all fruit." - Gus Portokalos from the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Here's the recipe from Coles
(with my notes and modification in blue)

20g unsalted butter
(I didn't need this)
500-550g (about 3) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 8 wedges, then cut into 1/2 cm thick slices
2 tbsp Grand Marnier, or other orange liqueur
(replaced with 1/2 tbsp of Cointreau for half of the recipe)
1 1/4 cups plain flour, plus 2 tbsp extra
1 cup caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp extra
(used raw caster sugar for a more rustic taste, used 50g + 5g for half of the recipe)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup canola oil
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extrac
(replaced with 1/4 tsp vanilla paste for half of the recipe)
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp icing sugar, sifted

Whipped Cream
1 cup thickened cream
1 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
(I didn't eat the cake with whipped cream)

Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 180°C or 160°C fan forced. Grease a 23cm springform pan with 20g of butter. (I didn't grease my pan with butter and line the pan with baking paper)

In a medium bowl, toss the apples with Grand Marnier (or Cointreau) to coat, and set aside

In another medium bowl, whisk together the 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1 cup of caster sugar, baking powder, salt and 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, milk, whole eggs, orange zest and vanilla to blend. Whisk dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a smooth batter. Be careful not to over-mix.

Transfer 1 cup of the batter to a small bowl and mix in the remaining 2 tbsp flour; set aside. Whisk egg yolks into remaining batter in the large bowl just to blend. Stir in the apples. Transfer the apple batter to prepared pan and, using a crank-handled spatula, spread batter into an even layer and press the apples in to submerge them. Pour the reserved batter evenly over the apple batter. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining sugar and cinnamon to blend, and then sprinkle it evenly over the batter.

Bake for 50 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the top is golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 15 mins. Run a knife around the sides of the cake and release the pan sides. Cool cake for about 30 mins to serve warm, or cool completely. Dust with icing sugar.

To make whipped cream, in a medium bowl, whisk cream and icing sugar until thick. To serve, cut cake into wedges and serve with a generous dollop of whipped cream. (Instead of whipped cream, I served the cake with a generous dollop of vanilla yogurt.)

Note: Using half of the recipe, I have baked my cake in 16 cm round loose-bottom cake pan at  160°C fan forced for 45 mins.


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58 comments:

  1. This cake looks so moist and delicious!! Who wouldn't love this!! Like that you switch up the whipped cream for yogurt..

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  2. Thanks for stopping by and the good words. Your cake and blog is awesome.

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  3. Your apple cake looks really pretty, usually my apple bakes turn out "needing a little bit of make-up". A custard layer sounds awesome too.

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  4. Oh Zoe , this cake looks so yummy , I think I gain 10 pounds just drooling over the photo ... thanks for sharing

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  5. Realmente deliciosos y muy bonito,abrazos.

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  6. Just hop to Phong Hong's house and ate a banana prune cake, now I am here, enjoying your apple cake...:)

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  7. This is an interesting cake! Looks very moist and delicious! I'm liking his recipes more and more! And him too! :)

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  8. The apples floated to the top after baking huh! Looks gorgeous and sounds delicious:D Been eating too much cake of late, I should stop!

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  9. Oh love those layers of apples!

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  10. gosh.. I m not a fan of apples but one look and I sure want to eat this cake!! :)

    love yr last words from My Big Fat Greek Wedding... love that movie!!

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  11. So moist and I love the pieces of apple sticking out!

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  12. Delicious custard cake, I haven't tried one yet. I need to now. I can host one month cook like star, May be June.

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    1. Hi Swathi,

      Nice to have you interested in hosting. Is there any email account that I send you the details?

      If you are not comfortable leaving your email address in my blog comment, you can send me an email at zoebakeforhappykids@gmail.com

      Hope to hear from you.

      Zoe

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    2. Hi Zoe,

      Here is my e-mail address favoriterecipes12@gmail.com

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    3. Hi Swathi,

      Will contact you soon. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  13. Zoe, this looks so moist and simply irresistable with the apples :) Simple ingredients that can make one so happy ;)

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  14. Hi, thats alovely looking cake :) planing to post a recipe of curtis stone to join your blog hop :) although not yet figured out the whole link thing :)

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    1. Hi Nammi,

      All you need to do are:

      1) Cook or bake any of Curtis Stone's recipes and mention us at your blog post.
      2) Cut and paste the code from this link at HTML mode of your post, http://www.inlinkz.com/script.php?id=241168&nojump=1&key=ILIcwd2ZP7IYI
      3) click the icon "add your link" and submit your detail as according.

      If you have problem with step 2, just proceed to step 3. Step 2 allows you to blog hop, having all these icons in your blog post but we will abolish step 2 in our next CLAS event.

      Any problem? Please let me know. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  15. Yum, I could truly eat a large slice of that cake right now! My "to bake" list is every increasing at a rate I cannot keep up with! This cake is now on it! It turned out perfectly, Zoe-just beautiful! ;)

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  16. Yea, this apple cake looks moist and yummy!

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  17. Zoe, this cake sounds so easy to put together. I haven't tried apple cakes before and I am very keen on this one!

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  18. Zoe, your apple cinnamon cake loos very moist there. Love those layers of apples in the cake.

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  19. This cake looks incredible! Looks so moist and I love the layers of apples in here:) Thanks for sharing Zoe, it looks delicious!

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  20. Oh wow! that apple cake looks amazing! A slice of that, still warm and some cold cream would just be lovely. I am salivating just thinking about it :)

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  21. Like to watch Curtis Stone hosts his cooking channel, he seems to be a friendly cook. I bet this custard cake must be a love by the kids!

    Zoe, I'm able to host one on the June or Oct.

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    1. Hi Ah Tze,

      Nice to have you interested in hosting. Is there any email account that I send you the details?

      If you are not comfortable leaving your email address in my blog comment, you can send me an email at zoebakeforhappykids@gmail.com

      Hope to hear from you.

      Zoe

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  22. I couldn’t wait for this post…I love the recipe and simple to follow instructions, and if I could eat it off the screen I would–it’s so delicious looking! Gorgeous pictures!!!!

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  23. lovely apple cake :) I can already smell the freshness of the apples and cinnamon! yum! :)

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  24. My god, that looks amazing. I can almost bloomin taste it!!

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  25. Zoe, i am so baking this cake very soon, sounds like the perfect apple cake for me!

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  26. Oh yes - this is my kind of cake. Looks delicious.

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  27. Amazing indeed!

    Just had this fabulous rustic apple pie lately... so i'm really attracted to this apple cake!! Hmmm

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  28. This cake looks delicious Zoe, especially with all the layers of apples in it...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

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  29. It certainly looks like an amazing cake - LOVE the flavors
    Mary x

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  30. Oh wow! I didn't even get to the pictures. I just read the description and I was sold on this cake!

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  31. I've only made one version of apple cake, so I'll have to try yours!

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  32. Zoe, your apple cake looks magnificent! Love the layers of apples, so attractively layered. Also the quote from 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' is 'classic'. I remember this sweet movie well, and love it!

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  33. Hi Zoe ,
    This cake looks so yummy and it's kids friendly ... I will be baking one for my kids this weekend . thanks for sharing :)
    Nee

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  34. The cake looks stunning! It's been a long time since I baked a apple cinnamon cake. Ur cake definitely inspires me to bake one for my lill one.

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  35. Zoe, your apple cake does look applelicious! Love the apple layers in them :)

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  36. Zoe , I've bookmarked heh ! several recipes from Coles but haven't made one yet *sigh* Love this gorgeous apple cake - really moist and delicious ! The cake stand is worth drooling over lol

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  37. Zoe, I saved this recipe for when it's fall in NYC...which is only 2.5 months away! Eek! (I love my summers!)
    PS I love your apple towel.
    PPS Most people who don't like kale DO enjoy kale chips. Give it a try! :)

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  38. Oh Zoe! That just may be the most gorgeous looking Apple Cinnamon Custard Cake I have ever seen! It looks simply heavenly!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  39. Lovely & delicious apple cake ! YUM! ;)

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  40. I could eat this fantastic apple cake every day!
    Kisses,dear!

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  41. Gorgeous looking cake, I love that it separates into layers by itself.

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  42. Your cake so moist and lovely. Love to eat with my hot chocolate. (I am not a coffee drinker).

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  43. this looks super yummy especially with the layers of apples in between. simply wonderful, Zoe.

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  44. Cool! U gals are indeed cooking like a star! Time to open up a bakery??

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  45. Mmmm I love fruit cakes as they are always so moist! Your cake looks absolutely lovely!

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  46. Just got some green apples.
    I will definitely try this for the kids.
    Looks delish as always!
    Yum!

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  47. i would hv thought the apples would sink to the bottom of the cake ! looks great and i think the flavours are wonderful!

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  48. Wow.. Looks great & yummy.. Cute looking apple cake !

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  49. Very yummy looking! I always love the apple-cinnamon combination and this recipe is so fuss-free. Will try out this recipe soon :)

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  50. Hello, Zoe. Can I have your email? I did mail u before to question something about the bake along, but fail. Anyway, so happy that u leave a comment in my first post. So nice to meet u here.... :)

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    1. Hi Thea,

      My email address is zoebakeforhappykids@gmail.com. You can give me yours if you still can't send me anything thru. Happy to answer any queries or also happy to have a chat :D

      Zoe

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  51. Hello Zoe, I honestly love this recipe and I must try this at home! The ingredients are easy to find here in our place so I'll definitely try this right away. Thanks a lot Miss Zoe for sharing with us your recipe.
    xoxo
    jogara
    cakes bakery in Brooklyn

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