This delicious cake is such a treat and the perfect cake to enjoy as the weather turns from cool and cozy to warm and sunny. The cinnamon and vanilla bring a lovely warmth and comforting flavour, while the cake itself is soft, light and fluffy. You can top it with pecans, like here, or use whatever nuts your prefer — walnuts and almonds work well.
If you really want to treat yourself, enjoy it warm out of the oven spread with butter that just melts straight into the cake. Yum!
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
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1. Preheat oven to 175C. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
3. Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter.
4. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples, chopped pecans and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.
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