Adriano Zumbo’s – Winter Apple Cake


Cake Ingredients:

  •  ½ lemon, juice
  • 400g apples (peeled and cored)
  • 20g (1 tbsp) corn flour
  •  3 eggs
  • 360g (1 and ¾ cups) caster sugar
  • 100g (7 tbsp) honey
  • 510g (4 cups) almond meal
  • 6g (1 tsp) baking powder
  • Pinch of cardamom ground spice
  • 6 lime leaves
  • Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Light Spray

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 100ml (½ cup) thickened cream
  • 50g (2 ½ tbsp) glucose syrup
  • 400g white cooking chocolate
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 6g (1 tsp) vanilla paste
  • 1 lime, zest and juice

Apple Topping Ingredients:

  • 200g Granny Smith apples (peeled and cored)
  • 200g Pink Lady apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 6g (1 tsp) vanilla paste
  • 25g (1 tbsp) pure honey
  • 3 lime leaves

Cake Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced. Grease using Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Light Spray and line 2 x 20cm round cake tins.
  2. Roughly slice apples into pieces for cooking. Destem and finely chop 6 lime leaves. Cook apple slices and chopped lime leaves in a saucepan with the lid on and add a splash of water. Cook until apples are soft and tender, then puree in a blender.
  3. Mix the apple puree with the lemon juice, cardamom ground spice and cornflour. Add to pot on stove and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and leave to cool in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, honey and sugar until the wet mixture doubles in volume. Fold the almond meal and baking powder into the wet mixture until combined. Finally, fold the apple puree into the mixture until fully combined.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into cake tins, and bake for 40-50 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted.
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Frosting Method:

  1. Combine buttermilk and glucose syrup in a pot on medium heat, stirring gently for 5 mins until mixture is combined.
  2. Melt white chocolate in a separate bowl in the microwave and add to mixture on the stove. Once combined, remove from heat.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixture is well combined.
  4. Leave to chill in refrigerator for 30 mins.
  5. Whip mixture with electric beaters until fluffy and stiff peaks form.

Apple Topping Method:

  1. Cut apples into thin slices. Destem and chop 3 lime leaves.
  2. Mix with lime zest and juice, honey and vanilla together in a bowl.

Assembly Method

  1. Place one of the apple cakes on a serving plate and spread a generous amount of frosting to the top of the cake. Place the second cake on top to create a double layered cake.
  2. Frost the entire exterior of the cake.
  3. Place apple slices on top of the cake in your desired arrangement. Sprinkle lime zest to garnish and serve. Enjoy!
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