scrumptious apple cake

This recipe comes from the worldwide-famous blog Smitten Kitchen. I randomly saw it hanging in my Facebook feed, decided to try it, because who doesn't eat apple cake in autumn and family and friends liked it, so it quickly became a favourite!

It is not only delicious, your house smells like cinnamon for days, your husband loves you more every time he eats a piece... overall, it is a magical cake :D

(recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

8 apples, making sure they are sweet and juicy
1/4 juice of one lemon
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
5 tbsp granulated brownsugar

Cake dough:
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup sunflower oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon Madagascan ground vanilla powder (extract will do fine too)
4 large eggs

* cover a cake pan with baking paper (cutting one circle for a bottom and one long sheet to cover the walls of your cake pan). Heat the oven to 170C (with the fan on).
* peel and clean the apples, cut them in even pieces, sprinkle the lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon and stir everything
*prepare the cake dough by the dry ingredients/wet ingredients principle: flour, baking powder and salt mixed in one large bowl; oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla and eggs are mixed together in a separate bowl. The wet ingredients are added into the dry ones and all ingredients are mixed into a smooth dough.
*pour into four layers: one layer dough, one apples, one dough, then top with apples; 
* bake for about as long as it takes from 1 1/2h to 2h, until a tester comes out clean (check under the apples layer too)
*now the recipe says cool completely before opening the cake form, but since we have baking paper, that is not even necessary. I prefer to remove the upper part of the cake pan to allow cooling more quickly (because no one can wait hours for a cake to cool of, right?)
*can be kept in a tight air container for up to 5 days (if there is any left, of course)

mhmmmm... enjoy :)