As a kid, I always used to wake up listening to Ma humming or singing some Bengali Song as she was cooking or dusting the house. And then came the time when my wake up alarm was no longer Ma’s sweet voice, rather it would be one of my favorite song or sometimes it would be some stupid ring tone (the tough Mondays when the favorite song was not enough to wake me up). But today we woke up with a loud noise of a car honking on it’s own!! Yeah.. it got all the attention and I can bet that the whole apartment woke up. It kind of gave me a headache, and I was in no mood to prepare lunch, thank god there was left overs from yesterday’s dinner 🙂
Arvind had a team lunch, which meant that he was not coming home for lunch. I hate eating alone! The old Kankana probably would have turned on some girlie movie, took a huge packet of pop corn and spent the whole afternoon on the couch. The new (and improved) Kankana decided to change her crappy morning mood by baking a cake 😉 Because I don’t bake too often, I usually don’t store much of baking ingredients. So decided to just make a simple apple cake with vanilla extract. Then I thought of adding a fresh grapefruit juice to make it little citric-y and I have to say, it made our day! 🙂
I am sharing my yummy cake with Alicia for her event Simple Lives Thursday #28, Sandra for her event Cooking Thursday #4, Miz Helen for her event Full Plate Thursday, and Alison for her event Recipe Swap Thursday #22. How can a sweet dish miss a sweet dish event right? Thank you Lisa for the event Sweets for a Saturday #2
- 3 eggs (in room temperature)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3 fresh red apples (you can use green too)
- 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 tbs baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
Take one apple and cut it into thin slices
Put these slices in a baking dish and dust them with 1/2 cup sugar, cover them with a alluminium foil, and bake it for 20 minutes at 400 F
After 20 minutes take out the apples from the oven and keep it aside.
Using a food processor or hand grater, grate the rest of the apples into a paste
Squeeze about 1/2 cup juice from a fresh grapefruit
Mix 1 cup sugar and 3 eggs either whisking them in a big bowl or using a cake mixer.
Add the grated apple and the grapefruit juice and whisk them properly.
Now add the rest of the ingredients (flour, oil, butter, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract) and whisk them to a form thick batter. Make sure there are no lumps and no air holes.
In a baking pan, grease the base and side with some butter and dust it with some flour.
Pour the batter in the pan and arrange the baked apples on the top in some order or design that you prefer.
Let it bake at 375 F for about an hour or till it’s evenly cooked and slightly brown on top. Use a chopstick or a tooth prick to poke in the middle and make sure it comes out clean.
Take a bite and do your yummy dance 😉