Apple cake with maple frosting


 1  1/2 cups of plain flour

 1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp of salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2/3 cup buttermilk (or plain yogurt)

2 cups peeled and chopped  granny smith apples

1/2 cup chopped  waltnuts

Preheat oven to 180°c

Greased bottom ans sides of a  square baking tin (or a loaf tin) and dust with flour

Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bicarbonate and salt together in

a medium bowl, set aside.

Using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer beat the butter at medium speed until creamy.

Gradually add the sugar and beat untillight and creamy.

Add the vanilla extract and then the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition remember

scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions , mix will until blended.

Stir in the apples and nuts and combine by hand.

Scrape the batter into the prepared and smooth the top.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Cool the cake completely in the tin  on a wire rack.

Maple frosting

170 grs, cream cheese softened

42 g. unsalted butter softened

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1/8 tsp groun cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon maple flavoring

pinch nutmeg

pinch salt

115 g confectioners sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed util smooth

beat in the vanilla spices and salt, reduce speed to low and add the confectioners sugar

and beat until well blended.

Beat until be light abd creamy.