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Apple Crumble and Custard Loaf Cake

Oh my, this was one amazing bake - a classic British pudding in cake form! I was lying in bed wide awake early last Saturday, hubby was snoring (which is quite usual after a couple of pints on a Friday night) and my 18 month old was wedged in between us after a long night of chickenpox itchies! There was no way I was going back to sleep so I started thinking about the bucket of Bramleys I'd collected from our apple tree the day before and what I could do with them. Immediately thoughts turned to the usual crumble and pie recipes and as much as I love them (crumbles especially), I was getting a little bit bored of churning the same puddings out every weekend.

Problem was I wasn't ready to forgo my usual weekend treat combo of tart bramley apples and sweet creamy custard - there is just something so comforting about those flavours. Roll on a few more minutes and a bit of sniffing around the web and I came up with the idea of an apple crumble and custard cake....and there it was born.

Apple Crumble and Custard Loaf Cake

The loaf cake is made using the rubbing in method, the same method that you would use to make your usual crumble topping and it keeps the cake lovely and moist. The creamy custard buttercream (and what a revelation that was) was whipped up in no time in my trusty Kitchen Aid and the almondy crumble topping was another quick rubbing in jobby and a blast in the oven. For a cake that tasted so good, it really was very simple.

Apple Crumble and Custard Loaf Cake

Before I take you to the recipe I must also mention my little epiphany moment with the buttercream icing. For all my years of baking I've only ever used unsalted butter in buttercream. On this occasion though all I had was a block of salted butter in my fridge....and the result was just a bit WOW. That sweet salty flavour sensation gets me every time and I'll most definitely be using the salted variety in buttercream from now on. How did I not realise this before?!

The apple cake keeps pretty well for 4 or 5 days in an airtight tin...but I guarantee it wont last that long! Ready for the recipe yet? Read on......

APPLE CRUMBLE AND CUSTARD LOAF CAKE


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Apple Crumble and Custard Loaf Cake

prep time: 20 minscook time: 55 minstotal time: 75 mins
A yummy apple cake with creamy custard icing and crumble topping

ingredients:


  • 140g Butter, cubed
  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 TSP Mixed Spice
  • 140g Light Muscavado Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 Bramley Apples, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 5 TBSP Milk
  • For the Crumble Topping:
  • 30g Plain Flour
  • 10g Ground Almonds
  • 25g Butter, cubed
  • 25g Caster Sugar
  • For the Custard Icing:
  • 100g Salted Butter
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 20g Custard Powder
  • 30ml Milk

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°fan) and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking paper as well as a small baking sheet.
  2. For the cake rub the butter and flour together until you get breadcrumbs then stir through the mixed spice and sugar.
  3. Beat in the eggs, bramley apples and milk then spoon into the loaf tin and bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  4. Whilst the cake is in the oven make the crumble topping.  Rub the flour, ground almonds, butter and sugar together until you get a rubble type mixture. Place the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and put into the oven for the last 30 minutes of the cake baking.
  5. Once the cake and crumble topping are cooling, make the icing. Put the butter and icing sugar into a stand mixer and mix at a high speed until creamy and smooth. Dissolve the custard powder into the milk then beat this in on a high speed. Pipe onto the cooled cake then sprinkle with the crumble topping.



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