This one turned out beautifully. It's just a simple, single-layer, cinnamon-scented base with sliced apples on top. When you aren't working with flashy ingredients or structure, a little attention to presentation goes a long way. I have a lot more skill development to do when it comes to creative presentation, but sometimes the recipe suggests it for me.
German Apple Cake
adapted from honey&jam
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 apples, peeled, cored, and each cut into 6 pieces (I sliced them as thin as possible)
2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar
(I added spices to the batter, such as cinnamon, maybe a dash of nutmeg & ginger, whatever you feel like, but not too much if you want to keep the light flavor and feel)
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter your pan (I used a 9" springform).
2) Stir flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
3) Cream butter, sugar, zest on med-high speed for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
4) Add dry to wet and mix on low. Spoon batter into the pan and arrange apple slices concentrically on top. Sprinkle with demerara sugar (or regular sugar if you don't have the demerara).
5) Bake for 30-35 minutes, depending on the size of your pan.