An apple for Steve

Today seems as good as any day to make this cake again.

It’s funny. Of course I never knew Steve Jobs, but I do remember the gum bearing grin I wore when Dad showed us our first Macintosh computer. It was squat and square, yet had the same sort of impish quality as my favoured R2D2.

Dad and I would stay up late, playing Tetris against each other.

So many of my milestones took place over pieces of hardware. Essays toiled over, connections made. Unlike some friends, I wasn’t proposed to over a powerpoint presentation, but these days my iPhone is the thing that links me to the people I love the most. It’s where I take my photos for this blog.  And I  feel ok about it being the first thing I look at in the morning (mainly because the screensaver is a picture of the spouse still sleeping soundly beside me).

So today, I’m thinking about Steve and his family. And I guess this is one small way of saying thank you for dreaming so large.

(even if The Hungry One is more of PC man).


Favourite Apple Cake

1 circular cake tin. Baking paper to line it. 1 mixing bowl. 1 vegetable peeler. 1 knife.


225g (or 8 ounces) cooking apples- peeled , cored and chopped
225g  (or 8 ounces) plain flour
1 and a half tsp baking powder
115g (or 4 ounces) butter diced
165g (or 5.8 ounces)  raw or demerara sugar
1 egg beaten
2-3tbsp milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Creme fraiche or double cream to serve (optional)

Here’s how we roll

1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius. Grease and line a 7inch round cake tin.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Peel, core and cut the apple into rough chunks. 

4. Stir 115g of the sugar, three quarters of the apple and the egg into the flour and butter mixture. Mix well, adding a little of the milk at a time to make a soft doughy mix.

5. Transfer  the mix into your tin.

6. Decorate the top of the cake with the remaining pieces of apple. Sprinkle the top of them with the remaining sugar and cinnamon.

7. Bake for 45-50mins.

8. Leave to cool in the tin for 10minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

9. Serve warm with creme fraiche or double cream. Or cool and take to a picnic in a park somewhere

  1. Oh what a lovely tribute – especially in light of Steve Job's philosophy of doing what you love.

  2. I'm a PC girl and I HATE my i-pod, but it is undeniable that Steve Jobs was a game changer and will be a sad loss. This cake is a lovely tribute!

  3. I have a weakness for apple desserts and yours is beautiful as well as delicious. Steve Jobs brought much to our world…he will be missed.

  4. What a wonderful tribute to Jobs =) I myself am more of a PC girl, but I dream of owning an iAnything one day… and the cake looks amazing!

  5. OMG! that was really awesome tribute.

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