Oooohhhh, oh my! Mmmmmmm! Divine I say, just divine!
You know how some places will say they have the best sandwiches or the best burgers and then you have the burger and you think, eh, it’s not the best. So when I saw this recipe with the word heavenly, at first I scoffed and then I frowned but then I asked myself, well, gosh darn it, what if it is heavenly? If I don’t make it, I’ll never know if the cake was ‘oh, I’ve had better’ or if it was ‘amazing’. I decided I needed to know right then and there. And seriously, the cake has dates marinated in brandy…enough said.
You take those dates and you grab that bottle of brandy and you get to work! If the first step looks this good, they were not kidding about the heavenly stuff.
Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and give it a mix to combine. Smell that nutmeg and cinnamon. You know, if you concentrate really hard, you may be able to get a whiff of the spices 😉 I used 3/4 cup of dates and 3/4 cup of brandy.
I used honey crisp apples but I am sure it would work with granny smith or another kind of baking apple. I love honey crisp apples for their crunch and perfect sweetness..not too sweet but just right.
It’s starting to come together nicely I would say.
I bet raisins would work well in this cake but I would reduce the sugar otherwise it will be too sweeeeeet.
Spread the love and booze 🙂
I know, I know it looks burnt and very tanned, and um, not very attractive looking but believe me, it was not burnt and is supposed to look like it got quite a bit of color. This is when you don’t judge a cake by its looks. If I could be so humble, it was perfect and the apartment smelled heavenly 🙂
Sprinkle some powdered sugar or whip up some cream. It really doesn’t need anything because it does so well on its own. Rich, drunken, decadent, gooey, wonderful apple cake. Can you smell the apples and brandy? 😉
Recipe taken from Food52
Serves 12 to 16
- 1/2 to 3/4cups chopped dates
- 1/2 to 3/4cups apple brandy (or Calvados)
- 2cups unbleached, all purpose flour
- 2cups white sugar
- 2teaspoons baking soda
- 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4teaspoon salt
- 4cups slightly tart apples: peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 1/2cup melted sweet butter
- 2eggs, lightly beaten
- Icing sugar for decoration
- About one hour before starting to bake, place the dates in a small bowl and cover with the apple brandy. Stir from time to time and if they get too “tight”, just add more brandy!
- Preheat oven to 325. Using butter, grease a baking pan (approximately 13 x 9 x 2)
- Into a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Add the chopped apples, dates, melted butter and the eggs. This will be a very heavy, thick batter but don’t worry — just be sure to mix it well.
- Spread in the prepared pan, place on a rack in center of the oven and bake for 1 hour. Test with a skewer — if it comes out still a bit gooey, bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done. It will be a nice dark tan color and will spring back to a light touch.
- Remove from oven, let cool a bit. This is delicious hot, warm or cold. As I mentioned, this cake isn’t a beauty queen so should be plated in the kitchen! I sprinkle each serving with icing sugar.