. 1/8 cup (30ml) frozen orange concentrate, thawed
. 1/8 cup (37g) Maple sugar
. 5 large baking Apples (a blend of different varieties)
. 2 cups (260g) Whole Wheat flour
. 1 Tbsp. (15ml) baking powder
. 1 tsp. (5ml) sea salt
. 1/2 cup (75g) Maple sugar
. 1/2 tsp. (2.5ml) ground cinnamon spice
. 4 xLarge eggs
. 1 cup (250ml) light Olive oil
. 1/8 cup (30ml) Sambuca liquor
. 20 fresh or frozen cranberries (for decor)
. Pre-heat regular oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Place the rack on second shelf from oven bottom. Lightly oil a 10 inch (25cm) spring form cake pan and place onto a baking sheet pan.
. In a large bowl, whisk the Sambuca liquor with the orange concentrate and sugar. Set aside.
. Peel and core one apple at the time and add the medium thin slices to the bowl with the orange Sambuca liquid. Always toss and coat the apples as you go along. Repeat with the remaining apples. Cover the bowl and set aside as they macerate.
. In a medium bowl, prepare to SIFT the following DRY ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Make a well in the center. Now, add in the eggs, oil, and the remaining Sambuca liquor. Give the center a good whisk. Then, use a strong spatula to combine the rest just until all traces of flour have gone. Do not over mix.
. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Slightly shake and tap down the pan so that the batter spreads properly.
. >> ASSEMBLY…add the APPLES: Start with placing 1/3 of the apple slices. Push them down the whole perimeter of the pan. Afterwards, throughout the center, tightly nestle another 1/3 of the apples. Push them down as well. The last 1/3 of the apple slices will serve to tidy up and decorate the rest of the cake. Finish off the top by garnishing with the fresh (or thawed) cranberries. Sprinkle the top with some granulated sugar (optional).
. BAKE for 80-90 minutes depending on the darkness of your cake pan. Once out of the oven, leave it cool 10 minutes before unclipping the pan.
. Cool the cake to room temperature before serving.
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