This is one of the easiest cakes to whip up in seconds. Whenever we had a craving for something sweet, my mum would make this, which she simply called biskvit (‘a sponge’). It is mostly apples, combined with some fluffy eggy batter spiced with cinnamon and sprinkled with icing sugar.
butter, for greasing?
200g (7oz) caster sugar
200g (7oz) plain flour, sifted?
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
?4 green apples, cored and thinly sliced?
icing sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4, and butter a 20 x 30cm (8 x 12 inch) cake tin with a removable base.
2. Beat the eggs and caster sugar together in a bowl with an electric whisk for at least 5 minutes until very thick, pale and foamy. There is no raising agent in this cake, so the amount of air you beat into it is essential.
3. Gently fold the flour into the egg mixture.
4. Mix the cinnamon with the apples, then tip the apples into the prepared cake tin and pour the cake batter evenly over the apples. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
5. Let it cool in the tin. Dust with some icing sugar, cut into squares and serve.
These images were taken by Kris Kirkham and are from Mamushka by Olia Hercules, published by Hachette Australia. Hardback RRP $39.99, Ebook $19.99
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