Apple, Salted Caramel and Custard Poke Cake
For today's bake, I used up some custard that's been in my cupboard for months now (in date, don't worry)! I didn't want to make anything too well known so did some digging and found the concept of a 'poke cake'!
The clue is in the method as to why it's called a poke cake! Using the handle of a wooden spoon, multiple holes are poked into the cake which are then filled with whatever ya fancy!
For the cake:
- 180g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 200g self-raising flour
- 160ml milk
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and coarsely grated
For the filling and cream cheese icing:
- 250g cream cheese, at room temperature
- 200g icing sugar
- 3tsp lemon juice
- Salted caramel (my recipe is on my blog now)
- 125ml custard ( I use shop bought)
- 30g chopped pecans (to decorate)
- 20X20cm square cake tin
- Preheat the oven to 180C/ Fan 160C/ Gas Mark 4. Line the cake tin with greaseproof paper and set to the side.
- In a bowl, beat together 150g of the unsalted butter and caster sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully combined.
- Now stir in the flour and milk until combined. Fold in the apple and then gently pour into the prepared tin.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before tipping out of the tin. Leave to cool completely.
- Whilst it's cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a bowl, beat together the remainder of the butter and the icing sugar & cream cheese until smooth. Pop this in the fridge to thicken a little whilst the cake completely cools.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 16 holes into the top of the cake in a 4 by 4 formation. Now using a teaspoon, pop salted caramel into each hole, filling them up approximately 3 quarters of the way.
- Using a slightly larger spoon, spoon the custard onto the top of the cake to fill the remainder of the holes. Follow this with blobs of the cream cheese frosting; spread this to smoothen the top. Sprinkle over the chopped pecans.
- Make a cuppa, kick your legs up and enjoy this little moment of joy!
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