As you know, I've been browsing the blogs quite a bit looking for good apple cake recipes to
After drooling over many an apple cake recipe, I knew the one I had to try. It was Apple Ricotta Cake from Bunny's Warm Oven. The thing about Bunny's blog is that every post has multiple recipes. If you don't find yourself wanting to make AT LEAST one of the recipes featured in that post, then there is something wrong with you. When I saw Bunny's recipe for a cake with ricotta in the batter and a streusel topping, I had to make it.
I decided that once again, I would make the recipe gluten-free. I made the recipe using 3/4 of a cup of rice flour, 1/2 cup sweet rice flour, and 1/2 cup potato starch (I could not tell you what made me decide on those proportions). I also added in 1/4 tsp and one little extra pinch of xanthan gum. For the flour in the steusel topping I used almond flour. The other adaption I made was I forgot to buy pecans, so I left them off.
My biggest glitch in baking it was that I'm learning that rice flour cakes take longer to bake than wheat flour cakes. After the recommended 50 minutes of baking, a toothpick in the middle came out covered with raw batter! Another 20 minutes baked the cake, but also melted the streusel together a bit. That was okay. It still tasted really good.
The cake had a bit of that grainy texture that rice flour cakes and breads tend to have, but was otherwise pretty delicious. The cake part was not too sweet, which made it a perfect foil for the sweetened apples and sweet topping. The ricotta kept it moist despite the extra baking time. I'd make this cake again in a heartbeat.
Sir Pickypants, not a fan of apples, gave it a stamp of approval. I also brought part of it to my NYC office - that place where I'm trying so hard to make friends. They seem to be warming up to me and my baking as I received many thanks and kudos for the cake all day. I think Bunny deserves some of that credit!
You know what the best part was? I had my jacket sitting on a chair near the kitchen. The next morning I was at the gym and when I was about to leave and put my jacket on, I could smell the cinnamon on it!