It’s kind of funny that I had my thermomix for 3 years, got the new TM5 which comes with a newer cookbook and recipe chip, try out the apple tea cake recipe and then never make any other cake than the tea cake and decide it’s my favourite cake recipe of all time! In fact I’ve been keeping butter in the fridge for when the mood strikes and I want to bake one for dessert. Tonight I did one and didn’t tell the kids who were too busy having iceblocks and running around the backyard so I actually have cake leftover for lunchboxes tomorrow.
You could top it with whatever fruit you like, we’ve done apple, peach, blueberres but mostly stick to apple with a bit of sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top before it goes into the oven. I’ve made it with plain flour, self raising and gluten free flour and it’s still been a winner. My only tip is don’t push the fruit down, just scatter or place gently on top. And another tip is that if you have the TM5 the cake and biscuit recipes don’t start with raw sugar like I usually like to start my recipes. So always put your raw or white sugar in first and process for 10 seconds on speed 9 before you follow the instructions from the cookbook/recipe chip. You want a nice clean bowl to do the sugar so it doesn’t stick to the sides.
- 150g raw sugar (or caster sugar)
- 125g butter, room temperature
- 3 eggs
- 200g plain flour with 1 tsp baking powder (or use self raising flour)
- 2-3 apples or fruit of your choice
- Place raw sugar in thermomix bowl and process for 10 seconds on speed 9.
- Add in butter, eggs, dash of vanilla, baking powder and plain flour and process for 20-30 seconds on speed 6.
- Pour into a lined square or round cake tin and scrape out the mixture from your TM bowl. It's actually not a huge cake batter so you want to get all of it out.
- If you don't have a thermomix then just cream your butter, caster sugar and vanilla together. Add in the eggs and mix well then the flour and baking powder and pour into a lined tin.
- Top with sliced fruit. You can peel the apples, cut into four pieces and then run a knife in lines down the apple as if you are slicing but don't cut through to the very bottom and arrange nicely over the top of your cake batter. Don't press down and top with a dash of sugar and generous dusting of cinnamon.
- Also a punnet of washed and dried blueberries is perfect on top too. Whatever you have will work so long as it isn't too wet.
- Bake cake for 30-40 minutes in a 180 degrees oven. Mine takes about 35 minutes.
- Gluten free flour is also great in this recipe.