I learned to make this cake from an old German woman named Ilsa who owned the restaurant I was working in while living in Ireland. She told me the recipe once off the top of her head, I scribbled it down and it has since become one of my most popular dishes (my dad requests one every year at Christmas)! I make at least 6 at Christmas as gifts and also for other special occasions and holidays. A very moist, light and fluffy apple cake with a lemony zing! (Sorry about the slice missing, I tore into it forgetting I needed a picture!)
4Peel and core apples. Slice them into 1/2 inch thick wedges. (Place slices into lemon juice, to save their color, if preferred)
5Separate the egg whites from yolks.
6Cream vanilla, butter and sugar.
7Add egg yolks to butter and sugar, mix well.
8Add flour and baking powder, mix well.
9Add lemon juice and grated rind, mix well.
10In separate bowl, beat egg whites until VERY stiff.
11Fold egg whites GENTLY and lovingly into batter with a wooden spoon.
12Pour into greased 8" cake tin.
13Place apple slices on top of batter in slightly overlapping, concentric rings from the outside in. (You might have slices left over. Eat them and enjoy!)
14Sprinkle raisins, cinnamon and almond (or walnut) pieces on top (in amounts that suit your taste).
15Bake for 30 minutes. I find the exact amount of time seems to change with each cake, so do the butter knife test at 30 minutes, cook a bit longer if knife blade doesn't come out clean from the center.
16As soon as knife blade comes out clean from the center of the cake, it's done!
17As soon as cake cools, sift powdered sugar on top if desired for an extra touch of sweetness!