The kids had holidays for the first 2 weeks in September so we set off to Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu to spend some quality time together in the hills for 10 days. Growing up, I used to spend almost a month in Kodai with my family over the summer holidays. Going back with my own kids bring back such memories of my own childhood - bison watching, hanging out at the club, constant crafts and bake sales (Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were forced to buy all our products and proceeds were given to charity. All for a good cause and all that jazz)

A big part of our summer would be the food! Somehow everyone I know cooked really well so there would always be a bountiful spread at everyone's houses with fare ranging from the most delicious pies to the most tender cakes. Everything just tasted better in Kodai!

This is why I wanted to continue the tradition of baking with my kids and creating their own Kodaikanal memories. So we decided to make an apple & cinnamon cake which was inspired by the one from Sweetest Menu. I mean apples, cinnamon and cold weather make for the best combination. It came out perfectly moist and fluffy. I used a mix of both green Granny Smith apples and Red Gala apples for the perfect mix of tartness and sweetness but you can use whichever type of apples that you like. You can top it with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for the perfect dessert or have a piece with your evening cup of tea for the ultimate teatime snack.

AuthorAditiCategoryDifficultyBeginner

A tender, moist and delicious apple cake which is topped with a crunchy cinnamon sugar crumb.

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time50 mins

 210 g all purpose flour (1 1/2 cups)
 2 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp baking soda
 120 g castor sugar
 30 g brown sugar
 2 eggs
 1 tbsp vanilla extract
 ½ cup any neutral flavoured oil
 125 g greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
Apple Filling
 1 cup peeled & chopped apples
 1 tbsp brown sugar
 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
 40 g castor sugar
 1 tsp ground cinnamon
 1 ½ tbsp melted butter

1

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Butter and line an 8 or 9 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Measure out the flour, baking soda, baking powder, castor sugar & brown sugar in a bowl.

2

Whisk till mixed thoroughly.

3

In another bowl, add in the eggs, oil, yogurt and vanilla extract. Whisk till just combined.

4

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix very gently until JUST combined. Be careful not to over-mix.

5

Combine the apples with the brown sugar and cinnamon.

6

Gently fold the apple filling through the cake mixture. It doesn't matter if it has a few lumps.

7

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon & melted butter till a sandy rubble is formed.

8

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the apple cake in an even layer. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or till a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Ingredients

 210 g all purpose flour (1 1/2 cups)
 2 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp baking soda
 120 g castor sugar
 30 g brown sugar
 2 eggs
 1 tbsp vanilla extract
 ½ cup any neutral flavoured oil
 125 g greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
Apple Filling
 1 cup peeled & chopped apples
 1 tbsp brown sugar
 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
 40 g castor sugar
 1 tsp ground cinnamon
 1 ½ tbsp melted butter

Directions

1

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Butter and line an 8 or 9 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Measure out the flour, baking soda, baking powder, castor sugar & brown sugar in a bowl.

2

Whisk till mixed thoroughly.

3

In another bowl, add in the eggs, oil, yogurt and vanilla extract. Whisk till just combined.

4

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix very gently until JUST combined. Be careful not to over-mix.

5

Combine the apples with the brown sugar and cinnamon.

6

Gently fold the apple filling through the cake mixture. It doesn't matter if it has a few lumps.

7

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon & melted butter till a sandy rubble is formed.

8

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the apple cake in an even layer. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or till a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Apple & Cinnamon Cake

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2 Comments

  1. Mridula September 12, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Hi!
    Can we replace Greek yogurt with regular yogurt here? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Aditi September 13, 2019 at 5:51 am

      Hi Mridula!
      Yes you can definitely replace greek yogurt with regular over here. If you have the time or inclination then hang normal yogurt i a muslin cloth for 5 minutes before adding it to the cake mixture. This will pretty much give you the same texture as greek yogurt but don’t worry even if you don’t want to do the additional step.

      Reply

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