I dun usually consume dried fruits so I will not purchase it except for raisins which I will keep some stock for cake making purpose (I love making rum and raisins cheesecake).
I had a very yummy salad during the Xmas lunch and one of the ingredient used was dried cranberry (craisins), the sourish sweetness of craisins had added so much marks to the salad. I went to purchase a box of craisins thinking that I can snack it between my meals, however I only snack once and the box is remain untouched for a few months lol.
When I saw this from Small Small Baker, I immediately bookmarked it. Since I have a few apples in the fridge and a box of craisins for me to clear stock, and this recipe sound hassle free that won't take up much of my time so I went ahead with it.
I have not participated in Aspiring Bakers for such a long long time, since I have this cake using olive oil and loaded with lots of fruits, surely more healthy that is helped to lighten our waistline a bit.
I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers # 22 : Lightened Up Cakes (August 2012) hosted by Qi Ting of A Dessert Diet.
Recipe adapted from Small Small Baker.
Ingredients : makes one 6 inch round tin
80ml olive oil
2 small eggs
2 medium size red apples, peeled, cored and diced
130g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder and slightly more
1/4 tsp baking soda and slightly more
1/4 teaspoon of salt and slightly more
50g dried cranberries (I soak in water for a few minutes to soften, then pat dry)
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1. In a large mixing bowl, add in sugar, olive oil and eggs. Whisk the mixture with a hand whisk until sugar dissolves and well-mixed.
2. Add in apples. Mix well.
3. Add in sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in dried cranberries and cinnamon powder. Mix well with a spatula. Do not overmix.
4. Pour the mixture into a lined and greased 6 inch cake tin.
5. Bake at preheated oven at 175 deg C for 30 minutes or until done. Poke a skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done. If not, give it another 5 to 10 minutes.
This cake is so easy to bake and delicious. I love the bites on apples and cranberries and feel no guilty when eating more since using olive oil lol. However I felt that the cinnamon taste is not strong enough, I will increase to 1 tsp at least if I am going to bake again.