Tea-Apple Compote Cake

February 19, 2013

Author Notes: This recipe I adapted very slightly from “Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake” by zahavah which is posted here on food52 website, and as many times I do, gave it my own spin. The base of zahavah’s cake is so easy and versatile that you cannot go wrong with any additions or makeovers.
Here is my recipe, where I used two different herbal teas: 1. “Celestial seasonings” Cinnamon apple spice, 2. “Ahmad Tea London” Rooibos Earl Grey for my Tea-apple compote.

Makes: 1(10" ) round cake


For the tea-apple compote

  • • 2 Cinnamon apple spice herbal tea bags
  • • 2 Rooibos earl grey herbal tea bags
  • • 1/4 cup honey (preferably orange blossom)
  • • Pinch of salt
  • • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  • • 3 wide strips orange peel
  • • 1/2 cup cognac or brandy
  • • 4 firm large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 12 wedges
  • • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For cake batter

  • • 1 cup flour +2 tablespoons corn or potato starch
  • • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • • 2 extra large eggs at room temperature
  • • 1/2 cup sugar
  • • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • • About 1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar
In This Recipe


For the tea-apple compote

  1. Steep all 4 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water, 20 minutes. Squeeze out and discard the tea bags. Pour the tea to a saucepan. Add the honey, salt, vanilla seeds and pod, orange peel and cognac and cook over medium heat until syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the apples and butter; reduce the heat to low; simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly.

For cake batter

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 10" glass baking dish.
  2. Sift together flour, starch, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl. In another bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, sour cream, vanilla and orange zest.
  3. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold oil into batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.
  4. Add about 3/4 of the apple compote to the batter and mix it in. Then pour into the prepared baking dish and spread the batter evenly with a spatula. Arrange the remaining apple slices on the top of the batter. Sprinkle the cake with Turbinado sugar and bake for 1 hour or until deep golden brown and the top has a crunchy crust.
  5. Cool in the baking dish on wire rack. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream or with just a cup of your favorite tea.

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7 Reviews

EmilyC February 19, 2013
Oh my, this is right up my alley!
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Kukla February 19, 2013
Thank you Emily!
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Kukla February 19, 2013
I just realized that I left out and important step, which is:
First part of step 5. Sprinkle the cake with Turbinado sugar and bake for 1 hour or until deep golden brown and the top has a crunchy crust.
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Kukla February 19, 2013
Thanks a lot Pat!! I would send you one if you were just a little closer.
inpatskitchen February 19, 2013
I'm not much of a baker, but I just might give this a go!
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Kukla February 19, 2013
Oh, you are a good baker and this is an easy cake.
inpatskitchen February 19, 2013
Oh...I can taste this right now! Just beautiful!