Savor the Season with Mary Berry’s Irresistibly Easy Apple Dessert Cake A Timeless Fall Favorite

I Tried Mary Berry's 'Remarkably Easy' Apple Dessert Cake, and It's No Wonder It's Been a Beloved Fall Favorite for Years

Fall in Love with Mary Berry’s Apple Dessert Cake

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A Slice of Baking Heaven

When autumn arrives, there’s nothing more exhilarating for a fashionista like me than snuggling up at home with a warm blanket and a plate of mouthwatering baked goods. However, let’s face it, I’m not exactly a baking prodigy. So, when I stumbled upon Mary Berry’s “remarkably easy” apple dessert cake, I knew this was my chance to shine in the kitchen. After all, if cooking legend Mary Berry endorses it, it must be fabulous.

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The Sweet Symphony of Apples

Mary Berry, the queen of culinary elegance at the tender age of 88, proclaims that this cake is so simple that even the most inexperienced bakers can master it. And believe me, she’s right. The magical recipe transforms plain cooking apples or even those shriveled ones languishing in the fruit bowl into a delightful dessert that will make your taste buds sing.

To embark on this baking adventure, I gathered my arsenal of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients Measurements
Self-raising flour 225 grams
Baking powder 1 level teaspoon
Caster sugar 225 grams (I used granulated sugar)
Large eggs 2
Almond extract Half a teaspoon
Butter, melted 150 grams
Apples, peeled and cored 250 grams
Flaked almonds 25 grams

Mixing Magic

Before we delve into the baking extravaganza, let’s set the stage. Preheat your fan oven to a toasty 140 degrees Celsius (around 284 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease a round baking dish with butter, and let the show begin!

Mary Berry suggests combining all the ingredients (except the apples and almond flakes) in a mixing bowl. I sieved the flour to ensure a lump-free batter, and then added the sugar and baking powder. Now, here’s a little secret: Separating the wet and dry ingredients can really make the mixing process a piece of cake (pun intended).

Once the dry ingredients were mingling happily, I introduced the eggs, melted butter, and almond extract into the mix. To make the butter seductively melt, I gave it a quick spin in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then, armed with a trusty wooden spoon, I stirred everything together. However, I must confess that at first, the mixture seemed a bit dry. But fear not, my fellow bakers! I took matters into my own hands and added a splash of milk, which wasn’t in the original recipe. Voila! Problem solved.

Dancing with Apples

With the batter perfected, it was time for the grand finale – introducing the apples. Mary Berry advises thickly slicing the apples and generously layering them over the cake mixture, ensuring a glorious mound in the center. With the first half of the batter and the apple ballet complete, it was time to bravely tackle the second half. Using two dessert spoons, I scooped and spread the remaining cake mixture over the apples. Now, let me tell you, this part was like participating in a high-fashion jigsaw puzzle. It took me a couple of minutes to achieve the desired texture and shape, but I did it with style.

Cake mix

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The finishing touch was a sprinkle of flaked almonds, enhancing the beauty of this culinary masterpiece. With bated breath, I placed the cake in the oven for an hour and 15 minutes.

Unveiling the Confectionery Beauty

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Per Mary Berry’s instructions, the cake should bake for a minimum of an hour and 15 minutes, or a maximum of an hour and 30 minutes. When I cautiously extracted it from the oven, the cake was a glorious golden brown, its top delightfully springy to the touch. However, removing the cake from the tin proved to be a bit trickier than expected. While parts of the base crumbled apart, the majority remained intact. Perhaps I should have spread the apples with more precision. Live and learn, my friends!

A Taste of Paradise

Mary Berry advises serving this delectable delight with ice cream or crème fraîche. Following her lead, I reached for my trusty double cream, and oh my, it was pure indulgence. As I savored the first bite, a harmonious blend of flavors danced upon my palate. Each bite revealed the soft and juicy apples nestled against the crunchy almond topping, while the cake’s crumbly texture added an extra layer of pleasure. And let us not forget the subtle touch of almond extract, turning this piece of heaven into a symphony of delight.

Though the journey was not without its bumps, I wholeheartedly agree with Mary Berry’s assessment – this cake truly is a joy to make. No fancy equipment required, and it’s ready to enjoy straight out of the oven. So, my fashion-forward friends, I wholeheartedly recommend this simple and scrumptious fall-themed dessert. Treat yourself to a cozy night in with a slice of Mary Berry’s apple dessert cake. Your taste buds will thank you.

Tell me, have you ever tried a baking adventure of your own? Share your stories and the fabulous treats that emerged from your kitchen in the comments below.