How to make the perfect Apple Cake.

by - 3/14/2017 08:00:00 pm






After being away for the weekend it was back to work for a very busy week of overtime, I had one day off and usually I use it drowning in Netflix and my duvet. Not this week! When I was little we had a huge apple tree at the bottom of our garden (how cliche!) which meant we had to use cooking apples a lot in order to really make use of the blessing. Generally, we always went for a classic apple crumble - cheeky story here, I was a really fussy eater and wouldn't actually eat the crumble because I didn't like the apple bit so my Nan used to put some of the *uncooked* crumble topping mix in the fridge for me. In more recent years, the apple tree has failed to produce anything you could consider edible/ by the time we remember to collect the apples they're all dead. These days I eat apples all the time but sometimes I'm not fast enough and we get left with some that you don't really want to eat raw. While a crumble is still a widely loved favourite, we've begun to lean more towards apple cake as a go-to apple user. So I give to you, my favourite apple cake recipe which I've changed and modified over the years for the ultimate apple cake.








1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°/160° for fan.
2. Peel and core the apples, then chop them up into pieces to whatever size you like really. I generally go for slices cut in half. Put them into a bowl, squeeze the lemon over them and put them aside.
3. Cream together the butter and the sugar, you can do all of this recipe with an electric whisk but I prefer to do it by hand.
4. In a separate jug, crack the eggs and whisk them up. Pour them bit by bit into the butter mixture, mixing as you go to make sure that you don't get that separation stage where it looks a bit grim. Then add in the vanilla extract.
5. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and then fold in. This is my favourite bit because it's just such a satisfying feeling!
6. Then tip the apples into the mix and give it a quick stir. This is generally the point where I add about 3 oz or 100g raisins/sultanas but that is totally optional. Pour into a lined and greased traybake tin or loaf tin if you so desire. Sprinkle a little demerara sugar over the top if you have it, granulated would be fine.
7. Place in the oven and bake for around 45 minutes.
8. Take out and leave for a few minutes before you tip it out onto a cooling rack. It's best served warm with cream, ice cream or custard but it's just as good if you microwave it later!
My top baking tip is do not open the oven at all in the first 40 minutes or until you're absolutely sure the top has set as it will sink and you'll lose that lovely rise. 

I always end up cooking it for a little longer, closer to an hour. It is entirely dependent on your oven and tin so don't freak out if it isn't cooked when you check - I always hate when recipes give exact cooking times because when are they ever right?! It should look golden on the top and a skewer should come out clean. If you really hate baking, maybe make these as cupcakes because it's much easier to tell when they're done. They will take around 20 minutes.




The reason it doesn't really matter whether you use golden caster sugar or normal caster sugar is because the sweetness is exactly the same. The only difference is that caster sugar is refined which generally doesn't affect the taste at all unless you're an absolute baking guru.

The batter colour will vary depending on the sugar you have used.

Don't be afraid to play around and make your own adjustments as it's a really versatile cake so it's very difficult to get it wrong. You could try adding nuts, mixed fruit or almonds. Instead of using lemon you could try lime. I also recommend adding a little of the zest of the lemon because that just gives the cake a little extra kick. If it tastes horrid, I guess you'll know for next time.My Mum is a prime example of baking on a whim, she barely uses recipes and makes most of it up as she goes along - I learnt how to bake from her and my Nan, you know how the saying goes:

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!


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21 comments

  1. I don't like to eat cooked Apple but I love the smell and this sounds amazing! I always used to eat the crust that didn't have any Apple!

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    1. Glad i'm not the only one who was selective!

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  2. This is such a helpful post! I like the tip about waiting for the first forty minutes when baking to get that rise. I love that you've included the measurements in grams as well.

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    1. Thanks for reading! I always hate finding a cool recipe and then having to convert everything from grams to ounces or vice versa so figured I would just solve it now.

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  3. This looks delicious I will need to try this for sure! I love anything with apples in it.

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  4. This looks amazing! I love baked goods that include apples.

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    1. Same now! Can't believe I went without them for so long.

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  5. I love apple cake! I had a dozen different recipes for it haha. I'll be adding this one to the recipe book! It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hope it trumps all other apple cake recipes ever!

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  6. Mmm an apple cake sounds SO good. I love all things apple!

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  7. Apple cakes are my favorite! I can't wait to try this one.

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  8. I love apple baked goods! They all smell so delicious. I will have to try this one!

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  9. I've actually never made an apple cake before. This sounds delicious, must give it a go

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    1. Oooh you need to try! The first one will always be a mess but hoping not for you!

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  10. I have never made an apple cake (but eaten many of my nanas)! I think I will give this one a go and give her some to return all the cakes she's baked me! Thanks for the recipe! Pinning for later

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  11. This looks so good! I can't wait to try it <3

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    1. Definitely give it a go. Thanks for reading!

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  12. Oh yummmm I'll have to try this out sometime.

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  13. This looks so yummy, I'm definitely going to try it!

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    1. Haha do! And let me know how it goes!

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