Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
- 2 tart apples, peeled, halved, cored, and sliced about 1/8 inch thick (Granny Smith)
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisin
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- Line bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper; butter parchment paper and sides of pan.
- Set a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl (glass or stainless); let stand while you prepare the batter.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well and set aside.
- In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
- Beat in vanilla; using a rubber spatula, fold in half the flour mixture.
- Drain the apples in a colander set over a bowl; add the milk to any rum that drains into the bowl and stir the liquids into the batter, then fold in the remaining flour mixture.
- Spread half the cake batter evenly in the prepared pan; scatter with the sliced apple mixture.
- Scrape remaining batter onto the filling and smooth out.
- Slide a foil-lined cookie sheet onto the rack below the middle one to catch any drips.
- Bake for 55-65 minutes or until cake is risen, firm, and deep golden and the apples are cooked through and tender.
- Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes, then loosen the cake by running a sharp paring knife around the inside of the pan, scraping the knife against the pan, not the cake.
- Remove the sides and slide the cake off the base to a rack to finish cooling.
- When the cake has cooled completely, invert the cake onto a plate, remove the paper, and invert the cake onto the rack again so it is right side up.
- Make the glaze: stir together the powdered sugar and rum in a small saucepan; mix well.
- Place over medium heat until warm and fluid.
- Drizzle half the glaze over the top of the cake in a series of parallel lines.
- Rewarm the glaze if necessary and drizzle another series of lines on a diagonal to the first ones.
- Wait until the glaze dries, then slide the cake onto a platter.
- Serve with ice cream or whipped cream; this cake is best served on the day it is made.