I am no longer a fan of the usual custom of the big fluffy iced birthday cake. I have sure had some bad cake luck over the years, even when I COULD bake with regular flour! So, I had a birthday cake to make this weekend and I went a different direction. I made a cinnamon walnut apple cake. Used that recipe nearly three years ago, I wonder why it took so long to make it again. Addictively flavored with cinnamon and chopped walnuts. The thin layer of apples adds moisture and a delicate touch of apple. Yumm!
It is from my favorite cookbook by Annalise Roberts; Gluten Free Baking Classics. To be honest it is more of a coffee cake but oh what a sweet and luscious treat it is; I swear you could feed it to anyone and they would enjoy it.
Easy mixing up of dry ingredients, beat the eggs and sugar with electric mixer and combine all. Layer it up with thin slivers of raw apple and the nut/sugar mix. In all it has about a half cup less sugar than most birthday cakes and if you frost the cake you are adding a lot more calories than my simple glaze. The cake is fine without glaze but I felt it added a lovely finish and great complexity to the flavors of this treat.
I didn’t take many pictures; my fingers were sticky with dough and I really had to just put the cake together; my assistant was only 4 years old and he was more important to me than taking pictures when I made this the other day. Next time I will take shots as I put it together and add them to this posting.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ cups sugar, divided
1 medium apple; peeled, cored and cut in 8 wedges and each in 8 slices.
2 cups brown rice flour mix
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. xanthan gum
½ tsp. salt
2 large eggs, room temp
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream, room temp
1/3 cup canola oil
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put rack in center of oven. Spray a 9 inch tube pan with removable bottom with cooking spray.
Mix walnuts, cinnamon and half cup of the sugar in a small bowl.
Whisk rest of dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Beat eggs in the large bowl of an electric mixer until well blended; 2-3 minutes. Add the rest of the sugar one tbsp. at a time beating well until creamy colored and fluffy. Add vanilla, sour cream, oil and flour mixture and then beat at low speed for 30 seconds, medium low if your mixer has a very low speed, should be well blended. Spread half that batter in the pan, top with apple bits and half the nut/sugar mix. Spread rest of batter on top evenly; I plop small bits trying not to get too much in any one area. Cover with rest of sugar/walnut mixture. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem even; it will rise and form into a cohesive cake.
Bake 50 minutes (Do NOT open until 45 min) until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on a cake rack for 20 minutes. Cut down with a thin bread knife around the outside and the center tube and remove from pan; cool completely before slicing underneath to release the cake from the tube.
I made a simple glaze to drizzle over the top; 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 2-3 tbsp. cream or milk. Add the vanilla and 2 tbsp of milk; add more milk to thin it to the consistency that will allow you to drizzle from a spoon onto the cake. Slice with a bread knife for perfect serving of this yummy treat.
Brown Rice Flour Mix base mix
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour