This was a splendid recipe that came out very moist (thank you buttermilk) and was a great compliment to a morning coffee. It’s got a nice presentation too.
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar, plus 4 tablespoons for topping
2 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for topping
1 cup buttermilk
grated zest of 2 large lemons
grated zest of 1 large orange
2 large gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease or spray two 9-inch cake pans.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or hand held beaters, beat the butter on medium speed until light and airy. Add sugar, and continue beating until everything is pale and fluffy. Stop mixer as needed to scrape down the sides. Switch mixer back on, and add the egg, followed by the vanilla.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sea salt, and nutmeg.
Switch mixer to low and add half the flour mixture, followed by all of the buttermilk and then the second half of the flour mixture. Add the zest and mix on low just until combined.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices in a circle along the outer edge of the pan, so that the slices are set straight down onto the batter. Create a star pattern inside the circle, and add one final slice at the very center. Sprinkle the top with 2 tablespoons sugar and several grates of nutmeg.
Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until the top is a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached.
Set cake aside to cool for a few minutes, then remove from the cake pan. Allow to cool completely.
Set cake aside to cool for a few minutes, then remove the springform side and allow to cool completely.