Mummu is an informal Finnish word for Grandmother, and this recipe appeared in a cookbook printed in 1991 by the Finnish Center Association in Farmington Hills, Michigan. So I assume this recipe has some Finnish roots.
It’s a tasty and quick cake to make, and a good use for the seasonal crop of baking apples.
The original recipe calls for peeling the apples but I ignored that and left the skins on. I’m not sure why, but I placed the apple slices on top rather than inserting them in the batter as instructed. Still delish with coffee or tea. A scoop of vanilla ice cream would go nicely, too.
Mummu’s Apple Cake
2 sticks butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. apple pie spice*
4 T milk
4 or 5 baking apples, peeled (or not), cored and sliced
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 9″x13″ baking dish.
Mix all ingredients except apples. Pour batter into cake pan and place apple slices standing up in batter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
*Apple Pie Spice: This was not in the original recipe but it seemed so right. I added about a teaspoon of my mix (4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground cardamom, 2 tsp. ground nutmeg combined).