In honour of my mom’s birthday today, I decided to give you a little something special and extra sweet. My mom had the biggest sweet tooth that I know and this would probably have become a favourite of hers I am sure. This cake is traditionally made with maple syrup and is a staple in the province of Quebec but I decided to switch it up with a little honey and apples! This cake is best served warm with some ice cream but really, I won’t tell if you dip your spoon directly from the pan. 😉
Feel free to use maple syrup instead of the honey if you wish to switch it up. The little bit of cornmeal in the batter will help you get a beautiful crisp on top. I have done this cake a couple of times, and the second time around, I used skimmed milk with cornstarch instead of the 35% cream and it actually yield a better result on top of reducing the calories in this traditional cake.
To give a twist to your presentation, you can cook this cake in little mason jars, which would be a terrific gift and make someone feel oh-so-special. Use one dollop of cake batter per mason jar. Adjust the time to about 30 minutes for the mason jars.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Peel and chop the apples and place in the bottom of a 8 x 11 pan. Next, prepare the cake by mixing the dry ingredients together and the wet in a separate bowl. Add the wet to the dry and stir until combined. Batter will be thick and sticky. Pour over the apples and try to spread as evenly as possible.
Set aside will you prepare the syrup. Whisk together the cold milk with the cornstarch until there is no more lumps. Add the honey or maple syrup and pour in a small pot. On a medium to high heat, bring to a boil while stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and is warm. Put the cake pan on top of a sheet pan covered with foil in order to avoid cleaning burnt sugar as it will surely bubble up on the sides. Pour the syrup gently all over the cake and place in the oven. Cook 40 to 45 minutes, until top of the cake is golden brown.
- 4 Honeycrisp or Cortland apples
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 2 tsp of cornmeal
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 2/3 cup of buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of melted butter
- 2 cups of skimmed milk
- 4 tbsp of cornstarch
- 2 cups of honey or maple syrup