Aromatic hard cider echoes the apple flavor, and does double duty by plumping the raisins and making the glaze. Perfect for brunch, teatime or a homey dessert, this cake also makes a great hostess gift.
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 2/3 cup hard apple cider
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 2 apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady, peeled and shredded
- Cider Glaze
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Combine raisins and hard cider in a small heavy saucepan and bring just to a simmer over medium-high heat, and then remove from heat. Let raisins soak for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch Bundt pan. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, and then beat in vanilla. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ras el hanout, lemon zest and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat on low speed just until ingredients are incorporated.
Fold apples into batter. Drain raisins, reserving soaking liquid. Fold raisins and 2 tablespoons of the soaking liquid into batter (reserve remaining liquid for glaze).
Spoon batter to the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake until cake is golden brown and the center springs back when touched, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto the rack and cool for at least 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the powdered sugar, lemon juice, salt and remaining soaking liquid until a thick, pourable glaze forms (add remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar if needed for a thicker glaze). Immediately pour glaze over cake, moving slowly and evenly to cover as much of the cake as possible. Let glaze set before serving.
Per Serving: 280 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 32g sugar), 3g protein.