I have been searching for recipes that will make delicious use of our apples that we scored during our weekend at the farm. All I have to say is this: there are a lot of recipes for apples.
and yet... nothing was exactly what I was looking for. I love apple crumble and apple pie but what I really wanted was something cakey and moist without crossing over to muffin-ness or pound cake.
I was content to browse epicurious and food blogs pretty much forever without ever making up my mind. Sometime choosing what I am going to bake and debating between different versions of recipes is just as appealing to me as getting down to business and actually baking it.
My search was ended abruptly when my boyfriend and I had what I can only call a dessert emergency. We had eaten dinner and we wanted dessert. We didn't even require a proper dessert, just something sweet. There was nothing in our cupboards, nothing in the fridge, and no ice cream hiding in the freezer.
However, we did have a ton of flour, unsalted butter, different sugars, and - of course - a huge bowl of apples.
And thus this cake was thrown together in a state of dessert desperation.
The result? A dense moist cake that almost has the texture of a sticky toffee pudding topped with apples baked in a delicious caramel.
Then you set that aside and heat a 1/2 cup of brown sugar on medium heat in a skillet that you can stick in the oven. Once the sugar has melted and is starting, juuuust starting to bubble you pour in a 1/2 cup of whipping cream that has a tsp of vanilla and a pinch of salt in it.
The sugar will bubble angrily. Some large clumps of sugar will harden instead of making itself into a caramel sauce. Don't worry!! stir the caramel over a low heat until the smaller chunks of sugar disappear, just toss the larger ones. I promise it will still taste great.
Throw apple slice in the caramel, then dollop the cake batter on top of it all and carefully spread it out to the edges.
I wish I had a picture of the whole cake, but it was dark and like I said before it was a dessert emergency. No time to take photographs!!!