Have you ever baked a cake using your BBQ? I have, many times and the Ziegler and Brown Triple Grill makes it easy. I simply use the Multi Purpose Bake and Roast Pack and include the diffuser. The diffuser evenly distributes heat and softens the heat from the burner. I keep the temp at 150-170c and it's like baking in an indoor oven....only outdoors. I love it!
Originally the recipe for this cake came from a chef named Michael Jaeger who I met when my husband and I were volunteering during the Black Saturday 2009 Bush fires in Victoria. We spent a week in Buxton, Victoria helping the community. My husband assisted the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to cut down trees using his chainsaw certifications and I was at the Buxton Hotel cooking in the kitchen along with local Chef Michael.
I remember farmers bringing their produce daily and people donating food during the time. We worked out what food we had every day and cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners. The Buxton Hotel was where the community gathered, recovered and their main response hub. Many had lost their homes, friends and family. It was heartbreaking to see and I will never forget our week up there.
Over the years, I've changed this apple cake recipe a lot.I changed the quantities, ingredients and added maple syrup but I will always consider it the recipe I learnt from Michael Jaeger during Black Saturday in 2009.
Apple and Cinnamon Cake Recipe
For this recipe use a standard size cake tin - 20cm/8inches
This cake cake be baked in an oven (if you don't have a BBQ) at the same temperature - 150c-170c.
3 large apples peeled,cored and sliced (I use whatever I have on hand. This recipe work with all kinds of apples)
130 grams salted butter, melted
1 cup fine castor sugar
1 large egg (70g)
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 cup full cream milk
1 tablespoon maple sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
25 grams cold butter cubed (to be used on top of the apples/batter)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (to be used on top of the apples/batter)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (to be used on top of the apples/batter)
Remove the center grill from the Ziggy and replace it with the Bake and Roast Pack and set up your BBQ for indirect cooking.
The center burner directly under the cake tin needs to be turned to med - low. The pack includes a deflector tray, heat diffuser and baking rack, for this recipe you will use all the parts in the pack. Pre-heat the BBQ to 150 - 170c degrees with the hood closed.
Step one - Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy for 2 minutes with a wooden spoon.
Step two - Add egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract mixing until combined.
Step three - Fold in flour and milk mixing until smooth and well combined.
Step four - Spray and Line a standard size cake tin - 20cm/8inches and pour the batter into it.
Step five - Place peeled, cored and sliced apples on top of the batter and sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and pieces of butter on top.
Step six - Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
Serve this cake warm or cold with cream or ice cream and if you make extra it freezes well.
I have posted a step by step video preparing this cake on my Instagram page Come Grill With Me. Like always, I'd love to see your post if you make this so be sure to tag me so I don't miss it. Love, Irene XO