Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cake Recipe: Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Here is a recipe to share with you all.

Of the many cakes that the wife got for her birthday this year, this was the only home made one and probably the tastiest too! Some of you have seen me post the photo of this cake in Instagram and have asked for the recipe, so here it is.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Mum made it for her new daughter in law's birthday. It's really easy to make and I am going to show you how to make it. Using lots of photos, I will guide you step by step. If you are a pro baker, just bear with me. For newbie bakers, I hope with these photos, you can  almost feel you are in our kitchen making it!

Most cake recipes require very precise measurement, mum has been baking cake for over 40 years and have been modifying them as it goes. This is one recipe she says that does not need precise measurement. No need to have complex machines too! Just a large mixing bowl, a sieve, a whisk, a lined baking tray and an oven.

We are having green apples for this recipe, just because it's one of the wife's favourite fruit.

Ingredients Set A
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of olive oil
3 XL eggs (if you get them from the wet markets) or 6 small eggs (the usual ones in the supermarkets)

Ingredients Set B
3 cups of granny smith (3 or 4 apples depends on the size)
150 gm of dried cranberries
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Ingredient Set C
3 cups of plain flour
1 teaspoon of bi carb
2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt

Preparation Steps to be done first
- Sift the ingredients in set C first.
- Prepare a 9x9 inch square tray and lined it with grease proof paper.

Baking time
- 45 mins at 175 Celsius

Follow me as I graphically show you how it's made:

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 1: Pour into the mixing bowl, 1 cup of sugar.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 2: Add in the 1 cup of olive oil. You do not need to use the most expensive olive oil you have. In fact, we use the Fairprice brand of olive oil. It's just to replace butter.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 3: Add in the eggs. The eggs we bought from the supermarket last week was a bit too small. So mum had 6 eggs instead.  If you usually get the super XL eggs from wet markets, 3 is enough. 

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 4: Whisk the mixture with a hand whisk! It is that simple!

We hate cleaning up. Especially containers from machines that does not really fit into our dishwasher. Keep your Kenwood or Kitchenaid.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 5: Add in the 3 cups of granny smith apples. Just a simple mix will do.

You might be asking what's a good size to cut for the apples? If you want to have nice, clean and pretty slices of cakes when you cut the cake when it's done, cut it apples smaller. If the apple is too big, when you cut the cake, you get 'holes'.

If it's for family and you really love the bite of apples, cut it the size you see above. It won't be as pretty when you cut the cake, but you get the nice bite!

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 6: Add in the sifted flour. If you are making macarons or chiffon cakes, you usually add in the flour in 2 or 3 batches. For this cake, you can add it all in at one go!

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 7: Add in the dried cranberries.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 8: At this point, preheat the oven. Set it at 175 Celsius. We usually set it to 10 minutes.

We sometimes bake using the Bosch Oven or the Many-in-one Panasonic steam oven.  Both works. Just your preference. The Panasonic is smarter sometimes, when it reaches 175 Celsius, it beeps!

Mum prefers traditional convection oven.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 9: Add in the cinnamon powder. Apples and cinnamon goes very well together!

Give it a really good stir with a spatula, not the whisk. Same like other cakes, don't fold it too hard or too long. When it's well mixed, stop.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 10: Pour the mixture into the cake pan! That's it!

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 11: Admire your work! I was already salivating when I saw this! There's so much fruits in it!

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 12: Into the oven it goes!

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 13: Set it to bake for 45 minutes at 175 Celsius. Wait patiently!

While it's baking, you can clean up. Err... there's nothing much to clean up is there? We used so few 'equipment' to make this cake.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 14: The finished product! Test the cake to see if it's done.

Poke a bamboo skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done! If not, give it another 5 to 10 minutes. When it's done, the cake does not stick to the sides of the pan.

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 15: Cool the cake. I tell you, it smells so good, you can't wait to eat it!

Granny Smith Cranberry Olive Oil Cake

Step 16: Serve the cake! Mum asked if she should prepare some chocolate cream to cover the cake. Everyone at home said no! We usually scrap off the cream, so we say we don't want cream.  Put a Happy Birthday decoration tag on top and candles and it's done!

Sing Happy Birthday, make a wish, blow the candle, cut the cake and EAT!

Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Let us know how you like it when you bake it.

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Anonymous said...

Lucky wife to have such a nice mother-in-law!

Hovkonditorn said...

Looks delicious and I like it when you use big apple pieces!

Petal said...

wow, looks awesome! I'll be sure to try it. Thank you!

camera said...

Thanks for sharing

Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

Homemade birthday cakes are the best! So nice... :)

Tabby Giant said...

Awesome cake. Looks delicious and perfectly done. I also like your oven, sophisticated enough to bake the cake in perfect form.

Camemberu said...

I want your oven!!!!!! And your mom too. hehehehe.
Seriously, you need to compile a recipe book of her great cooking!

Beary said...

Perfectly encouraging recipe and post. Thank you for sharing.

Yummy Bakes said...

awesome cake - can olive oil be replaced with canola oil? thanks for sharing.

Keropok Man said...

Yummy Bakes

I guess you can, but I personally believe Olive oil is healthier than Canola oil. I don't like what I read about Canola oil. ;-)

Keropok Man said...


I think recipe book takes too much time. Maybe it's a 5 year from now project? hehe...

Keropok Man said...

Tabby Giant,

Thanks! We have wanted to get one that's similar to our mum's for a long time. Finally got it this year when we renovated the place.

Keropok Man said...


Yes, and you all have a FBB there that bakes even fabulous cakes right?

Keropok Man said...


hehe, big pieces have bite! So it does not take like processed food. :-)

Keropok Man said...

Petal, Camera, Anon,


delia said...

I only made 1/2 recipe and it's delicious. Next time perhaps should add in a bit more cinnamon powder.

Keropok Man said...


Glad you liked the recipe.
Ya, after baking a few time, you can adjust it to the taste of the people around it. That's what we do too. ;-)

Sometimes we split things into two, and make some slight variations to both, so as to satisfy the picky taste buds of family members! LOL

Ronni said...

Stumbled upon this recipe. This is great!!! This especially foolproof-ly good when I need to show off during gatherings. :) thanks.

Keropok Man said...


Hope you try it out!
Let me know how it turns out! ;-)

Anonymous said...

It is a delicious recipe and my neighbours loved it. It gave me the confidence to do more baking in future. Probably will try this recipe again as I noticed my cake did not raise as much as yours in the picture.


Keropok Man said...

Hi Nicole

Maybe 1 more teaspoon of baking powder might make it rise a bit more. It's ok to experiment.

Glad you like it.

Mum and Sis has been baking this holiday, maybe I should post the recipe and photos up. So more people can try baking at home ;-)

Ronni said...

It turned out great! I changed the cranberries to raisins and added rum at a later stage to make it a more adult version. It was nice and easy. :)

Keropok Man said...


Clever of you to add in rum and raisins! Maybe if the raisins were soaked in rum first a night before, it would be nicer too!

Anonymous said...

hi, baked this last evening. did it in muffin cases tho. great taste n texture ^^ thanks so much for sharing. God bless u richly

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