German Apple Cake

5 small apples
125g butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour ( to make your own simply 1 cup plain flour remove 2 tbsp plain flour out of the cup and replace with 2 tbsp cornflour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoons milkMethod
Preheat oven to 175°C
Line a fluted springform baking tin.
In a stand mixer add the butter and mix until fluffy and pale. Add the sugar mix again then add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon juice.
Sift together the flour and baking powder and salt and mix on low until just combined.
Peel the apples, core and cut into quarters.
Slice each quarter almost to the bottom but don’t cut through ( place on a skewer for ease)
Pour the cake mix into the prepared tin and place the sliced apples on top, press down slightly.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the lower half of the oven.
Remove and cool.
Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream.

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