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Iza’s Country Apple Cake

We must admit, we were a bit skeptical when we noticed cocoa powder in the list of ingredients for an apple cake. However, the flavor is so subtle and the cake so unusually good, that we are won over. The recipe appeared in GoodFood Magazine as a reader contribution. The contributor notes that Iza, her Irish grandmother, was renowned for this homespun treat that is so apt for the season: this dense cake is chock-full of apples, ensuring a very moist body and an extended shelf-life . . . if it lasts that long!

If you fancy nuts in an apple cake, toasted, chopped pecans would be a fantastic addition to this recipe.

Iza’s Country Apple Cake

4 large eggs
7 oz. sugar (3/4 cup plus 2 tbs.)
3 1/2 fl. oz. vegetable oil
6 oz. all-purpose flour (1 1/3 cups)
2 tbs. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. mixed spice
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
5 eating apples (about 21 oz.), peeled, cored and diced (6 cups)
1 tbs. each confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon, for dusting

Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch loose-bottom cake tin with parchment paper and grease.

Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Pour in the oil and blend well.

Sift the dry ingredients and fold through until the mixture is smooth and well-combined before adding the apples.

Carefully pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 45-50 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a cooling rack. Once the cake is cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon.

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