Friday 20 February 2015


For Valentine's Day I made a heart-shaped cake for the ones I love, but of course you can make this anytime. I used Donna Hay's apple and cinnamon tea cake recipe.

185g (6 oz) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
3 eggs 
1 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup (2 1/2 fl oz) milk
2 medium apples, peeled, sliced and cut into heart shapes with cookie cooker
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup apricot jam (jelly), warmed

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the butter, cinnamon and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder over the butter mixture, add the milk and stir until combined. Line the base of a 22cm (9 in) springform tin with non-stick baking paper and spoon in the mixture.
2. Topping: Peel and slice apple and cut out heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Arrange over the top of the cake mixture. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Bake for 50 mins. Brush the cake with warm jam and return to the oven for 10 mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Serve warm. Serves 8-10. 

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