I baked this cake for a dumpling party. When the cake came out from the oven, I was asked how come the apple slices on the top were dried out. I didn't know but this is what the recipe asked for. But actually, the top slices were not dry, after being glazed with maple syrup and sitting overnight in the fridge. The cake tasted very good though I don't like the presentation. The caramelized apple mixed in to the batter complied well with the buttery taste of the cake. The recipe is here.