Sometimes you meet people who have this amazing energy and animation about their person that is just so magnetic and inspiring. You are instantly drawn in by their personality and hold a large amount of respect for their words, despite not having known them for a particularly long time. I met one such individual at my new place of work – oh yeah, forgot to mention that, I HAVE A JOB NOW, AND TODAY IS THE DAY I RECEIVED MY FIRST OFFICIAL PAYCHEQUE- who moved on to a different company.
It was quite sad to say goodbye after such a short period of acquaintance, but in a way this serves as an example of the power of determination to get what you want out of your life… especially for those who have just started “carving their paths” i.e. me. This means never giving up on what you truly want, regardless of consequences and crossing out of your comfort zone… because it is only you who can get you where you want to go and no one else… detours, delays, disagreements are all part of this proverbial “journey” everyone keeps speaking about…but the end result is always in your favour.
I’m slowly beginning mine and I’m not sure where I will end up. One thing I do know is, it’s going to be awesome. BRING IT!
What’s the link? When things change, when cool people are constantly coming and going out of your life, and you feel like things are turning upside-down, stay focused and you could bake a pretty awesome upside down cake… LITERALLY. 😉
Now for the recipe:
175g brown sugar
75 ml milk
125g plain flour
1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 cooking apples -1 chopped and one sliced thinly.
1) Preheat the oven to 200c/ gas mark 6. Grease a 20 cm round cake tin (although it doesn’t really matter what size/shape, use what you have!) . Sprinkle a layer of sugar all over the base and arrange the slices of apple in a ring, working inwards.
2) Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture becomes thick and airy, about 5-6 minutes. YEAHH WORK THOSE BICEPS AND TRICEPS!
3) Melt butter in the microwave and leave to cool. Add milk and chopped apple to the whisked eggs and sugar, then add the cooled melted butter, stirring gently. (Believe me, this makes all the difference to the texture of the cake)
4) Sift in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and fold into the eggy mixture and transfer to the tin.
5) Bake for ten minutes at 200c (or 180 in a fan assisted) and then turn down the oven for a further 30 minutes at 180c (or 160 in a fan assisted oven.)
This is really nice served with a little vanilla ice cream or…. a dollop of lemony greek yoghurt with a little zest!