Apple Cake

This is one of my favourites, I pretend it is healthy as it contains apples and wholemeal flour, I just blank the sugar, but it is a real taste of Autumn.

I use any apples that I have found, I have used crab apples, but this takes its time as coring each one, I do not remove their skins.  If you use cooking apples they need to be skinned as well as being cored.

This version using eating apples, I have just “found” a tree in a friends garden, over laden with fruit.  I do not know what variety it is, but it is very soft and sweet, the flesh has a pretty pink tinge to it as well. So I don’t skin them, just core them. I also leave the small pieces in tact rather than turning into a puree which adds texture to the cake.

I made 2, so I just doubled the ingredients and used 2 cake tins, one to eat now, and one for the freezer.


100 grams apples, cored, if cookers, skins removed
125g soft unsalted butter
125g dark brown sugar
125g plain wholemeal flour
50g self raising flour
2 medium eggs
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp cinnamon, or ginger, or a bit of both
1 apples cored and sliced for the top as garnish (cover in lemon juice if
it looks like it will go brown before you are ready for it)
Demerara sugar to sprinkle on the top


core the apples, skin if cookers, and chop into little pieces
place in a pan with a drop of water, place a lid on top and cook gently for 5 mins

If eaters leave as they are, if cookers, beat to turn the apples into a puree

put the oven on at 130oC for electic fan

line a 18cm spring cake tin with baking parchment

place the butter and dark sugar into a mixer and beat together for about 5 mins
gently one at a time add the eggs beating still

fold in the flour, spices and bicarbonate pf soda
fold in the apples

pour the mixture into the cake tin, smooth the surface
place the apple pieces on the top to decorate
sprinkle with the Demerara sugar

Put into the oven for 50 to 60 minutes, 
or when a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean
Leave to cool.... if you can!


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