You can enjoy apple cakes all year round, but we love nothing more than a warm slice with a cup of something hot when the evenings start to draw in. Apple cakes are traditionally the taste of autumn. With plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg and other irresistible spices, these recipes are firm favourites in our book, but first, a few tips for mixing it up…
- Caramel and apple are a classic flavour match, for those with a sweet tooth.
- Seasonal fruits that go well with apples include blackberries, raspberries or pear.
- Try adding a boozy hit to your cake by soaking your apple slices in rum or brandy.
- If you like, add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder or chocolate chips to your mix.
Dorset apple traybake
Simple to make and easily divided into neat slices, this classic apple traybake is perfect for a coffee morning or to serve at any casual gathering. A couple of Bramley apples are the secret ingredient. Expect this fluffy and moist delight to disappear as soon as it’s out of the oven.
Caramelised apple cake with streusel topping
Soft cake with a crunchy streusel topping is so moreish and makes this caramelised apple cake a teatime winner. What also makes it addictive is the extra layer of caramel sweetness achieved by browning the apples in light brown sugar before baking. The streusel topping has toasted hazelnuts, a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar for flavour and texture.
Caramel apple loaf cake
We love a loaf cake, because they’re simple and easy to customise. Greek yogurt helps to keep this cake extra moist and the toffee ganache will keep guests coming back for another slice. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts for an extra bit of crunch. Serve with custard on the side for an indulgent dessert on cold nights.
Spiced toffee apple cake
This one is sugar, spice and everything nice! Our spiced toffee apple cake uses dates for sweetness and squidgy texture plus a toffee drizzle over pretty slices of red apple. A splash of dark rum in the sauce is naughty but nice, but you can leave that out if treating the kids. They’ll love this twist on toffee apples – and it’s something of a showstopper, perfect for Bonfire Night.
Apple crumble loaf
This rustic bake combines two favourites: apple crumble and apple cake. Our crumble loaf is full of raisins and spice, too, with a nutty topping to turn it into something a bit special. Ideal for bake sales, birthdays or a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Apple & blackberry cake
Everyone loves a fruity sponge with moist, tangy pearls of cooked berries. If you’ve foraged your own blackberries, make the most of them in this delightful apple & blackberry cake. Eat warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoy a slice with friends at an informal afternoon tea. It’s also a comforting end to Sunday dinner.
Apple & walnut cake
This apple & walnut cake is made from an all-in-one recipe, so you can have it on the table in just over an hour if you need something quick but impressive for an impromptu visit. The rich treacle icing is the final flourish, but if you prefer something a little lighter, try using golden syrup instead. Fruit and nut is a classic combination and you’ll keep coming back to this one.
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