Sticky pecan cake
Serves 12 | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour
This is American baking at its best. Packed with unrefined sugars, maple syrup, sweet cinnamon, juicy apples and crunchy pecans, this cake is topped with ruby apples and drenched in a buttery syrup…heaven!
140g (5oz) unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
200g (7oz) light muscovado sugar
150g (5½oz) pure maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp milk
250g (9oz) plain flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 red apples
250g (9oz) pecan nut halves, roasted and
chopped (see Tip on page 17)
For the glaze:
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C)/350°F/gas mark 4.
Grease a 23cm (9in) diameter springform cake tin and line with baking paper.
In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, sugar, syrup and spices together. Stir in the eggs and milk. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, then fold in until the mixture is well combined. Peel, core and dice 1 apple, then fold in.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Core and dice the remaining apple, leaving the skin on. Scatter over the mixture with the pecans. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the glaze ingredients together. Remove the cake from the oven, brush over the maple glaze, then return to the oven and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a cooling rack to cool completely