10 Jun 2010

FIVE MINUTES CAKE!!! what else can we ask for!!! and delicious!!!!!

When I have nothing to do, I bake. I love baking! as my granny used to say: "don't think about worries, just bake and put a smile on your face!"

Let's get the cake started!

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Go to your cabinets and find one springform cake tin or a silicone one (I'm sure you've got those at home!).

Take your blender or the processor. Put in the following ingredients in the same order as described below:

. 250 gr. all purpose flour
. 250 gr. sugar (caster is better)
. 1 tea spoon of Baking Powder -love the Royal one!
. 2 tea spoons of vanilla extract -please! the good one! not that artificial flavour!!!
. zest or one orange, non treated is better; otherwise, please use a brush and detergent to rub it.
. 250 gr. soft unsalted butter,
. 5 medium eggs or 4 large ones

Blitz until all the ingredients look smooth. While pulsing, add 6 to 8 large spoons of milk until you find it soft, like with a dropping consistency.

The tip: when you are about to prepare any dough in your processor, always start with the dry ingredientes and finish with the liquid or so (like eggs); it will spare you a lot of trouble if by any reason the casket is not well adjusted and so the flour starts to fly away from the processor. Don´t wanna clean that mess!!!

Now wash and peel one apple (pink lady or granny smith). Cut it into small pieces and add it to the mixture you have just prepared.
Now, pour the mixture into the tin, which you have already buttered. If you have some dried fruit in your fridge, it´ll be a great opportunity to use it: pour it on the surface and spread over 2 spoons of demerara sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes until slightly browned on the surface or until a cake-tester comes out clean.

Let the cake cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then unmould it on a wire rack.
You will see that the dried fruit disappeard from the surface; don´t worry, it´s normal.

Now, when the cake got cold prepare the icing.

. 8 table spoons of icing sugar
. 1or 2 tea spoons of lemon juice (to make it really white)
. warm water, as much as needed

Add warm water to the icing sugar until you have a smooth and kind of thick icing. If you have added too much water, then add another spoon of icing sugar to make it thicker.

Pour over the top of the cake, making circles starting from the very center.

Use a knife or a rubber spatula to make an even surface. You can stick nuts, raisins or whatever pleases you to decorate your cake.

If you don´t want to work with the icing, just pour some icing sugar on it with a sift -like in the photo above. The cake is so good that nobody will miss it at all!!

Enjoy it!!

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