After making my applesauce a few days ago, I still had some Paula Red apples leftover that were starting to go soft. I decided to make an apple buckle to share with my family this Labor Day weekend. I’ve blogged about buckles before, but I love making them because they are so easy and you can use whatever fruit is in season. Plums, peaches, pears, apples or blueberries all work well. Also, it’s called a buckle because the cake batter actually buckles around the fruit. I always like to sprinkle my buckle with some powdered sugar after it cools (The picture above is right after I took it out of the oven, so there’s no powdered sugar). You can also serve it with some vanilla ice cream or whip cream. This is the perfect dessert to make for a family get-together. Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup plus 1 TBSP sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 4 large baking apples like Paula Red, Northern Spies, or Granny Smith peeled cut into wedges
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Powered sugar for sprinkling
- Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 350°F and coat a 9-inch round cake pan with vegetable oil spray.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the butter and the 1 cup sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the flour mixture and mix well.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Poke the apple slices into the batter, placing them close together.
- In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and the 1 TBSP sugar and sprinkle over the surface.
- Bake until the top is golden, the edges pull away from the pan, and a skewer or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 -55 minutes.
- Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 30 minutes before serving.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Can be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.