The Nonna's cake: A perfect Sunday bake

Sunday is baking day in our house, and this beauty is the perfect Sunday bake. I got the recipe for this delicious cake from my sister's Italian mother in law, or Nonna as we have all affectionately come to know her, even my kiddos! Most people would break into a sweat when cooking for large numbers but she's the kind of woman who makes a three course meal for twenty seem like no bother at all, and always serves up the most incredible food at family gatherings. We never visite Italy without stopping by "The Nonni's house" and are always guaranteed to leave with a wonderful recipe or two. This apple cake is one of many gorgeous recipes that have been passed down through the women in her family for generations and once you've tasted it you'll know just why! 

The best thing about this cake besides its wonderful texture and flavour, is that it's also very easy to make! It only requires ingredients that you're already likely to have in your pantry on any given day and the end result is incredibly pretty. What's not to like?

300 g of plain flour
100g of sugar
100g of unsalted butter ( melted)
1 cup of milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 large apples
Icing sugar
Honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 200C
Peel, quarter and thinly slice the apples and set aside.
In a bowl stir in all wet ingredients first then add all the dry ingredients making sure everything is mixed well. 
Pour the mixture into a large cake tin then carefully add the apple slices, pressing each one down a little so that it is part submerged into the mix.
Decorate the cake with a few rounds of apple slices in a rosette pattern and finally dust with some confectioners sugar before placing it into the oven for about 30 minutes or until the cake starts to go golden brown and comes away from the sides of the cake tin. 

One nice touch is to take the cake out just before the end of its cooking time and brush some honey over the top then pop it back into the oven for a few minutes.. It comes out with a lovely glaze and even more delicious! The only thing left to do is make a cup of coffee, serve up a slice of cake, and enjoy!