An Apple a Day: Apple Cinnamon Cake with Dark Caramel Ganache

Since my last post where I shared my recipe for Roasted Carrot and Coriander Soup, I am still feeling that fall fever. Last time I talked a lot about the wonders of New York apples and apple cider, so I gave it a go at creating a version of apple cider in cake form since I can’t get Western New York Apple Cider in Bahrain.

The base of this cake is the same one I used in my “Birthdays” post. This time I just added some chunks of apple coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon instead of the melted chocolate. You will truly see how versatile this cake base is and how it works well with a variety of ingredients. I use it all the time and experiment with all kinds of variations to suit my mood and imagination. You should too!

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Well these are truly words to live by, especially if you are a male living with Parkinson’s. Apples contain a compound called flavanoids. Studies show that men who eat 5 apples per week can have a 40% less chance of developing Parkinson’s. Higher intake of berries, especially blueberries and strawberries which contain flavanoid pigments called anthocyanins also significantly reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. You can check out a link to the study here:
http://www.parkinsonmn.org/2012/11/19/medical-corner-post-2/

If you already have Parkinson’s, it is a good idea to eat an apple, a handful of berries, or any other fruit or vegetable every day to help manage some of the symptoms and their progression.  Maybe having them in cake form isn’t exactly the healthiest way to indulge, but it’s the thought that counts, right?  Cinnamon also helps manage metabolism, so you can feel less guilty about all the butter and sugar in this recipe.  The cake is worth the calories, trust me 🙂

It is also vital to stay active.  Regular exercise should be an important part of any lifestyle, but even little things like puttering around the house cooking things and doing small chores can make a significant difference in those of us with mobility impairments.  Keep moving!

This cake turned out fabulously!   I shared a slice with my friend Yosef yesterday afternoon. It goes great with a cup of coffee.   The rest of the cake was devoured by friends who stopped by later on for an evening dinner and swim.

Ingredients for cake
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1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 C flour
3/4 C corn or potato starch
3 med red apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 C water
1 T Cinnamon
1/3 C brown sugar
1 T rose water

Method
Preheat oven to 200 Celsius
Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan
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Cream together butter and sugar
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Beat eggs and add one at a time to butter and sugar mixture, scraping down sides each time
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Sift together flour and corn starch and slowly incorporate into wet ingredients scraping the sides of the mixing bowl until you get a silky batter.
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Peel, core and dice apples.
Place apple chunks in a bowl of water with the juice of half a lemon to keep them from oxidizing
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After all apples are diced, drain water, place back in bowl, and mix in brown sugar and cinnamon until all apple chunks are well coated
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Gently fold apple mixture into cake batter. Reserve some apple chunks to use for decorating the top of the cake. Add the rose water.
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Place cake batter into greased and floured cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Test the doneness of the cake by inserting a knife or toothpick in the center. If it comes out without any batter stuck to it, the cake is done.
Let the finished cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then another 15 minutes on a wire rack. While it is cooling on the wire rack, you can prepare the caramel ganache.

Ingredients for Dark Caramel Ganache image

100 g butter
3/4 C dark brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 C cream

Method

Melt butter in saucepan
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Add brown sugar and whisk together until a liquid forms. Keep heat on medium so sugar doesn’t burn
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Add baking soda and whisk again. The mixture will start to foam.
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Add cream and incorporate into mixture until texture is silky yet thick.
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To decorate cake, pour caramel onto center of the top of the cake.
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Spread caramel to evenly coat the top and sides of the cake.
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Place reserved cinnamon brown sugar coated apple chunks in center of cake and dust top with icing sugar.
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Voilà ! If you’re lucky enough to be able to get New York apple cider where you live, enjoy with a nice glass of warm cider. It also goes well with a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate !
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To keep up to date on the latest news in Parkinson’s research, living with and managing the disease, or to help donate to find a cure, check out the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research :
https://www.michaeljfox.org/mobile/

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