Spiced toffee apple cake

Spiced toffee apple cake

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus cooling

Easy

Makes 15 squares
Try a twist on traditional toffee apples - sugared, spiced and very very nice!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal327
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.53g
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Ingredients

  • 200g dates, roughly chopped
    Dates

    Date

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    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 200ml milk, plus a splash

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 250g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 4 large eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 small red apples
    Apples

    Apple

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    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • squeeze lemon juice
  • handful of toffees
    Toffee

    Toffee

    toff-ee

    There are few secrets to toffee. It is simply sugar that has been

  • a little icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with baking parchment. Put the dates and milk in a small pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside for 15 mins to cool.

  2. Whizz the date mixture to a smooth purée in a food processor or blender, then scrape into a large mixing bowl. Tip in the butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice and vanilla, and set aside while you prepare the apples.

  3. Quarter and core the apples, then slice quite thinly, tossing in a little lemon juice as you go. Quickly beat together the cake ingredients with an electric whisk until smooth, then scrape into the baking tray. Arrange the apple slices, overlapping in rows, on top of the cake – you should be able to get 3 rows lengthways down the tray. Bake for 45-50 mins until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tray.

  4. Put the toffees in a small pan with a good splash of milk and gently melt, stirring, until runny. To finish, dust with a little icing sugar, then drizzle sauce all over the cake. Cut into squares or slices to serve.

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Hououin Kyouma
6th Mar, 2017
5.05
This recipe is so delicious! The only adjustment I made was to mix the batter the conventional way: cream butter and sugar first, add the eggs one by one, vanilla, and then the dry ingredients, which I mixed beforehand. I added the date paste after adding the eggs. It turned out lovely fluffy and a bit moist. True, you couldn't quite make out the dates in there, but I think they did add something special! Will definitely make again!
Portugalhoney
14th Nov, 2014
5.05
I LOVED this cake!!! Gives you that real "warm" feeling inside, great for this time of year... Can´t wait to make it for next family gathering!! Must say I added a twist though... A splash of dark rum instead of lemon juice (I didn´t have any and thought it might work well!) Also used brown sugar instead of white... Yu-mmy!!!
lynyoungy
27th Dec, 2013
Love this desert BUT don't use the full amount of mixed spice as it is really overpowering. Really nice Autumn desert.
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mother_ship
28th Nov, 2013
I chopped up 2 of the apples and stirred them into the mixture and only used one to slice for the top and I was very pleased with the result. I also used 200g of date spread from Tesco to save me the bother of processing dates. I took half of it into work where it disappeared very quickly!
hoopoe
26th Nov, 2012
2.05
Disappointing. I found the texture of the cake a bit stodgy and didn't think the taste was anything special. Also I think my sauce was a bit too runny because "a handful of toffees" and "a good splash of milk" are vague quantities.
stonefruit
18th Nov, 2012
2.05
A little bit on the dry side.
Frantic Flapjack
13th Nov, 2012
5.05
Sugar and spice and all things nice!! Loved this cake. Beautifully soft and with a lovely apple and toffee topping.
julie1410
10th Nov, 2012
4.05
Great cake, toffee sauce compliments the tart apples
julie1410
10th Nov, 2012
4.05
Great cake, toffee sauce compliments the tart apples
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philinbrighton
5th Nov, 2012
2.05
This was OK. I found it quite hard to eat as you would take a bite and end up dragging a load of apple off the top of the cake leaving what remained a little dull. If I were to make again I would either peel the apples or maybe chop them up and add them to the cake batter. I made a sticky toffee pudding sauce to serve with it and also served it with a dollop of creme friache which was nice. I wouldn't make it again as Ottolenghi's apple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is a similar but MUCH nicer cake.

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hippyrosie
28th Nov, 2014
I would like to make this but really don't like dates, what could you use instead?
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