Sponge Cake with Apple Filling

Sponge Cake with Apple Filling

Have you ever participated in a race even if you know that you won’t be the winner? For me, the answer is definitely “Yes!” and I should admit not just for once. Good part is that it provides the opportunity to maximize the fun you will get out of it without pushing yourself too hard. Considering the norms of modern life dictating us to compete with others, to win over, to become invincible with all similar “Impossible is nothing!” like mottos flying all over, sometimes it is relaxing to have “Enjoying is everything” attitude.

Skiing in Bolu, Turkey

Such sort of thoughts was wandering in my mind when we set off for our trip at dawn to join the Anatolian ski marathon a week before. I knew that I was not about to complete almost 40km racetrack but with snow covered hills and magnificent trees spread all over the place, I was was going to have a good time, fur sure. Did I mention the ultrahigh oxygen level? Believe it or not even inhaling this fresh air is worth waking up at 05:00 am.

Cross country skiing

We had to carry all our equipment: our very tall and narrow cross country skis, boots, poles, garments and no need to say lots of energizing food stuff to recharge our bodies during a cold day in the mountain full of physical activities. If you could see us, you would probably think that we decided to move in to a cave at the mountain top and to live there for the rest of our lives. Particularly food was the leading item we exaggerated a bit too much. I cannot give you a proper list but from little savoury snacks to mini muffins, sponge cake to orange cookies, dried fruits to bananas, we had almost everything as if we were running away from a hurricane and there was no coming back home!

Sponge Cake with Apple Filling

The snow flake shaped sponge cake was the big hit of the day with its soft texture and delightful apple filling inside. It is not difficult to bake but takes some time to decorate the top, if you want it to be a little fancy like I do.

Sponge cake itself is based on a classical English recipe, however, there is no rule for inner filling. I wanted to use cooked apples and cinnamon but you might use other ingredients: raspberries and heavy cream, chocolate ganache and banana, apricot purée or your favourite jam, you name it.

There is no trick in baking this cake, so as long as you follow the below mentioned steps you won’t fail. Few things you should pay attention are:

  • make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature, and
  • do not over mix while folding the dry ingredients into egg mixture. (This is all about chemistry of baking which I will tell you in another post.)

Apples and Cinnamon

Now, I know that you wonder what happened at the end, so here comes the results: I can honestly tell you that I managed to ski around 8,5 km. That was far better than last year, taking into account the very steep hill I managed to climb twice on my skis instead of other entrants sliding back towards me. A scary moment!

As a result, I was not able to complete the marathon but still felt like a winner. After all it was the day of taking easy, the day of no rush and no push. I remembered once more that life has lots of good things to offer for ones who can slow down for a while and enjoy the moment by getting rid of their ambitions. So, sometimes losing the game might be pleasant like a piece of cake. Just enjoy!

Sponge Cake with Apple Filling
Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

For sponge cake
Following combination ends up with a batter to fill almost ¾ of a silicon mold which has a total volume of 800ml, you may increase the ingredients by keeping the ratios if you are using a larger mold)

  • 120 g (4.2 oz) unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 120 g (4.2 oz) sugar
  • 120 g (4.2 oz) all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

For Apple Filling

  • 2 mid-sized green apples (grated)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

For Icing (optional)

  • 25 g (0.87 oz) labne cheese
  • 10 g (0.35 oz) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Apple Filling

For sponge cake

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
2. Beat well the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy and pale, add vanilla extract while beating.
3. Add eggs little at a time while mixing, if the mixture begins to curdle 1-2 tablespoon of the flour.
4. Add eggs little at a time while mixing, if the mixture begins to curdle 1-2 tablespoon of the flour.
5. Sift the flour and combine with baking powder and salt then fold into the egg mixture using a spatula. Do not overmix, when all the ingredients are incorporated that means it’s done.
6. Grease your silicon mold generously if the mold has some patterns on it (like the snowflake pattern on the one I used) and pour in the batter.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean then cool on a wire rack.

For Apple Filling

1. Transfer the grated apples into a small saucepan set over medium heat.
2. Add sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.
3. Stir frequently until the apples are cooked and get a translucent brown color.
4. Keep aside to cool.

For Icing (optional)

1. Whisk the labne cheese with confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until it has a creamy and smooth texture you may add a little water if you cannot reach the right consistency.

For the whole cake

1. Cut the cake into two layers and spread the apple filling on the bottom layer.
2. Place the upper piece and press lightly to merge.
3. If you like you can decorate your cake with the icing mentioned above.

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  1. #1 by ceren - February 22nd, 2010 at 23:28

    yum, yum, yum! i’m currently trying to lower my sugar intake to one treat a week. and this one might just have to be this week’s!
    and btw, there were so many cross country skiers in the park when it snowed last week! i thought of you every time one of them glided past me.

  2. #2 by Ozhan - February 24th, 2010 at 23:21

    I wish I were there to see the NY under a white blanket, besides skiing in the city is a very good idea. By the way, do not worry for the sugar intake, you will be able to eat just one piece and the rest will be magically disappear thanks to household and friends :)

  3. #3 by megan - February 28th, 2010 at 18:40

    Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious-and it’s such a beautiful presentation! Apples and cinnamon is such a wonderful combination during these chilly winter months :)

  4. #4 by Ozhan - March 1st, 2010 at 11:09

    Thanks Megan, I absolutely agree with you on that :)

  5. #5 by Michael Cavinta - April 16th, 2010 at 13:55

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe! It looks too yummy! It would really go well with a hot cup of coffee made from one of my commercial coffee makers Great pics and posts!

  6. #6 by Ozhan - April 19th, 2010 at 08:09

    Thanks Micheal, this cake really goes very well with a good cup of coffee. And for a good cup of coffee, a good coffee maker is a must which is your expertise as I figured out by looking at your website.

  7. #7 by Syd - May 18th, 2012 at 13:25

    i made this cake today and it came out well. i will double the recipe net time i bake it since i dont have small pans. the cake was delicious 😀 thanks for the recipe!

  8. #8 by Elle - April 25th, 2013 at 13:09

    The apple filling for this is juts what I was looking for – thank you, it was delicious! (the rest of the cake also looks good as well :)

  9. #9 by Ozhan - April 26th, 2013 at 12:38

    Hello Elle, I am glad that you liked the filling. Happy baking!

  10. #10 by Ozhan - April 26th, 2013 at 12:41

    Hello Syd, it is a good idea to double the recipe if you don’t have small pans. I am happy to hear that you liked it. You’re always welcome :)

  11. #11 by Nicole - October 26th, 2013 at 19:55

    can you replace the cinammon with anything ?

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