This is my ideal apple cake and officially the only recipe I'll need from now on for a moist, fruit filled snack cake that screams AUTUMN! It's chock full of apples with just enough batter to hold it together and it comes together in one bowl in minutes. You'll find no cinnamon in this, after all its a French cake and the French aren't real fans of cinnamon, like we are, (sometimes I think we are too much of a fan, just sayin') and with but a whisper of sugary sweetness it feels just as much at home for breakfast with a dollop of full flavoured vanilla yogurt (or as I did yogurt with a spoonful of caramel sauce stirred in) as it is with tea or a late night snack. But of course I can never leave well enough alone and that jar of salted butter caramel sauce in my fridge was just the thing to slather over this. After all whenever there's caramel sauce around everything in sight is a potential platform : a slice of apple, cake, ice cream, yogurt...finger... spoon... tongue... I'm blaming it on my Mom who made a mean butterscotch sauce and kept it in a squeeze bottle in the fridge. I'd catch her sneaking a squeeze straight into her mouth on more than one occasion. Caramel addiction is therefore genetic and not my fault.
This is the perfect time of year to make this cake because while you'll be able to make this at any time of year, this month is perhaps when I'm most excited about apples. They are fresh from the tree and they actually smell like an apple, truly, perfuming the entire outdoor market. They haven't been sitting in a storage house, waxed, or sadly mounded on supermarket shelves being completely taken for granted, grabbed out of habit and then eaten with duty and no enjoyment. No these market fresh apples are at their peak and since I haven't really eaten an apple since May, after all who in their right mind would eat apples when there's strawberries and peaches around, I'm consuming plenty of these a day to keep quite a few Dr's a way I hope.