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Spiced Apple Cake

Delicious served warm or cold, this is a moist, autumnal tea time treat.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Author Lucy Lovell


  • 250 g light brown sugar
  • 250 g softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 6 apples eating, not cooking
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°c (fan oven), and grease and line a 20cm dia round cake tin.

  2. Cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl, until light and fuffy.

  3. Slowly add the beaten egg, a little at a time. If the mixture begins to curdle, add a tablespoon of the self raising flour. 

  4. Sift the spices, baking powder and remaining flour into the bowl, and fold into the mixture until combined.

  5. Peel and core the apples, chopping four in to chunks of approximately 1cm. Slice the other two apples thinly.  

  6. Fold the chunks of apple into the mixture and pour in to the cake tin. The apple slices should be arranged on top, with the demerera sugar sprinkled over them.

  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Test the cake by inserting a thin skewer or cake tester into the middle. It is ready when the skewer comes out clean.