This cake wears many hats. It looks elegant beside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is the perfect snack with a glass of cold milk after school. Right out of the oven, it is a special breakfast treat, served with a dollop of Greek honey yogurt.
When I say Simple Apple Cake, I do mean simple. I know a lot of recipes are purported to be QUICK, but this one can be thrown together in 15 minutes if I'm not distracted by kids' homework, my iPhone, and the bull moose in the backyard charging at my dogs.
Moose are "in the rut", as we say here in Wyoming. Which means that when you see a big, testosterone-charged bull moose in your yard, you put the kids and the dogs inside and leave him alone. Even if he is trampling your garden, chomping off the tops of your fava bean plants and your sugar snap peas, and scarfing down your a fortune in shrubs and trees. You just leave that old moose alone. And pray that he doesn't get his antlers tangled up in the soccer goal.
Simple Apple Cake
- 1 3/4 cups flour (or about 7 oz.)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 cup low-fat, whole or buttermilk (I have used all with good results, but favor buttermilk)
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup diced and peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 apple)
For the Streusel topping:
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. chilled butter, cut into small pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk well.
- Whisk the milk, vanilla, egg and cooled melted butter together.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and add the wet ingredients. Stir just until moist. Fold in the apple.
- Pour batter into an 8 inch square pan that has been coated with baking spray.
- Prepare the streusel by combining the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter using a fork or a pastry blender. Sprinkle streusel over the batter.
- Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes. Test several minutes prior with a wooden skewer; when it comes out clean, the cake is done.
- Cool in the pan, and cut into squares. Serve plain, or with ice cream or yogurt. Take it to a friend's house for dinner. Pack it in a lunch box. Eat it over the sink. Yum.