Celebrate Apples

Perfect spicey buttery gooiness

When food was more seasonal and regional the arrival of the new apple season was a bit of an event to look forward to. The apple aficionado was expectantly telling us about a mixed box of apples he had ordered, so of course we got to swapping favourite apple moments and recipes.

Crunchy toasty-flaked almonds against the soft sticky gooiness of the spiced apples, easy to make, this cake delivers. To celebrate this weekend’s Apple Festival fill the house with the smell of baking, throw the recipe together for a luscious Sunday pudding, great for autumn tea, it should definitely be served with billows of soft whipped cream and a spoon.

No apologies for the Imperial measures, proof  the recipe has been with me for a long time! After keeping for a while apples can loose their sharpness,  nibble the flesh to check if it needs sharpening with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Moist Apple Cake


  • 6 oz self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 3 oz caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 fl oz milk
  • 1 oz melted butter


  • 1 oz melted butter
  • 1 oz flaked almonds
  • 12 oz peeled sliced apples
  • 3 oz caster sugar
  • 1 level tsp cinnamon
  1. Line a 9” x 9” tin with non-stick paper. Oven 180 degrees.
  2. First make the cake, sift together baking powder, flour and sugar.
  3. Beat egg with milk and cooled melted butter.
  4. Pour into flour etc and beat together with a spoon. Spoon mixture into a tin, to level bang tin on worktop.
  5. For the topping combine apples with butter spices and sugar. Pile onto cake mixture and level before sprinkling over almonds.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30-40 mins, til springy and the cake is just shrinking back from the paper
  7. Leave cake to cool in baking tin for 5 mins, then using the paper lift onto a cooling rack.
  8. Serve warm, with beaten double cream.
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One Response to Celebrate Apples

  1. stephen morris says:

    The box of apples is due to be delivered on Tuesday. I have gone for a layer each of Kidd’s Orange, Blenheim Orange, Red Pippin and Adam’s Permain. Does anyone have other varitey recommendations?

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