I've mentioned before that my Polish neighbour loves baking, and we have regular sessions together. I thought we'd make some traditional British cakes, so as I had a can of cider left in the fridge, we made a Somerset Cider cake.
It's easy to make, looks simple, but tastes good.
Preheat oven 180C/gas4 Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.
You need 125g butter which you cream with 125g caster sugar till fluffy. Add 2 beaten eggs and eat in. Mix 225g sr flour with 1 tspn bicarb and 1/2 tspn each of nutmeg and cinnamon [or more if you want it more spicy]. Add half of this to the batter, then add 200ml cider and mix together. Fold in the rest of the flour and spoon into the tin.
Bake for 35-40 mins.
Cool in the tin, then take out and put on a wire rack and sprinkle some caster sugar over the top.
This is a nice moist cake with a light texture.You can certainly get the apple taste from the cider, and I added a little cinnamon to my caster sugar before sprinkling it on top to give it a bit more spice. You could change the spice mix in the cake - maybe some ginger, or try cardamom?
A simple, tasty treat.