Apple Cake

My parents still had rather a lot of apples left from their trees this year which are getting to the point of needing to be used soon. So they gave me a large bagful and I decided to make another apple cake. I first made this recipe back in October when it was my turn to contribute 40 small cakes to the weekly teahouse that I attend, and it was very popular.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Ingredients (makes 9 – 12)

350g cooking apples
juice of ½ lemon
175g margarine
200g soft brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
extra brown sugar, to sprinkle


Pre-heat fan oven to 160 deg C.
Grease and line a square baking tin (20cm x 20cm).
Peel, core and slice the apples.
Squeeze lemon juice over them to prevent them from browning.
Place the margarine, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
Mix until smooth.
Spread half the cake mixture into the tin.
Arrange half the apples over the top of the mixture.
Top with the other half of the cake mixture and then with the other half of apples.
Sprinkle over the extra brown sugar.
Bake for 45-50 mins in pre-heated oven until golden and springy to the touch.
Leave to cool.
Then turn out of tin and cut into slices or squares.
Serve and enjoy.

apple cake

I’d love to hear how you use up surplus apples?

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52 thoughts on “Apple Cake

  1. Wendy Lam-Vechi

    I love making apple cakes. I go for the more indulgent way by caramelising my apples in butter and then adding some cinnamon and sugar to it before adding it to the batter


  2. Andrea Fletcher

    This looks lovely, will be a good recipe to keep for when the apples are ripe on our tree in the Autumn.


  3. Sarah Cooper

    This looks absolutely delicious. Can’t beat the smell of a lovely apple cake cooking in the oven.


  4. A S,Edinburgh

    I love apple recipes! It’s usually pie with brown sugar and cinnamon for me, but there are so many options, and apple cake is a beautiful treat.


  5. Rosie

    I can’t imagine anyone giving me a bag of apples, I’d be so elated. And I would love to make this cake! I love making pies with apples, but haven’t made a cake – time to do so!


    1. mumjd Post author

      I think those lucky people with apple trees are sometimes overrun with too many apples at the same time, so yes nice to be offered some



    Now that’s how mine was supposed to look! I ran of apples so substituted rhubarb (all home grown by the way) but forgot about the moisture content … I opened the oven to a HUGE pink lava-like seepage … Thankfully Mum& Dad were away so the dog & cats had a jolly good time clearing up the kitchen floor!



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