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Spiced Bramley Apple Cake With Maple Whiskey Glaze

Irish chef, food writer and cookery teacher Catherine Fulvio provides a recipe for Spiced Bramley Apple Cake With Maple Whiskey Glaze!

Ingredients (Serves 8-10)

For the cake:

  • 200g softened butter
  • 180g light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 bramley apple
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ lemon, zest only
  • 60ml milk

For the topping:

  • 3 pink lady apples
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 40g butter
  • 3 tbsp Whiskey
  • Optional for a frosting       
  • 500g mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 140g icing sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 lemons

Instructions for Spiced Bramley Apple Cake With Maple Whiskey Glaze

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.
  • Line a 22cm loose base springform tin with baking parchment.
  • Place the butter and sugar into a mixer and whisk until light and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs together in a bowl with a fork and mix in stages into the butter and sugar, adding 1 tbsp of flour to stabilise as needed
  • Quickly peel and dice small the bramley apple, then fold into the egg mixture.
  • Sift the plain flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  • Fold the flour and spices into the egg mixture and add the lemon zest.
  • Add the milk in to form a soft cake batter.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Insert a skewer to check that it is ready. It should come out clean.
  • Cool on a rack before taking out of the tin.
  • Meantime, pour the maple syrup into a pan with the butter and whiskey and leave to simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until a fluid sauce forms, stirring from time to time.  Slice the pink lady apples in even wedges and add them to the sauce and leave to cook a little, until the apples absorb the lovely flavours from the sauce. Then let cool
  • To make the frosting whisk together the mascarpone, sour cream, lemon zest and juice and icing sugar.  Taste and adjust as needed by adding more lemon or icing sugar.
  • To decorate spread the frosting over the top and sides of the cake and arrange the apples in a rose petal fashion on top.

Enjoy Catherine Fulvio‘s Spiced Bramley Apple Cake With Maple Whiskey Glaze!