Country apple cake

Country apple cake

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 8
Good Food reader, Magdalena Duggan, shares her grandmother's spiced chocolate sponge packed with fruit from the garden

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal372
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 5 medium eggs
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 175g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • ½ tsp cinnamon



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  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 5 eating apples, peeled, cored and diced, about 600g



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

  • 1 tsp each icing sugar and ground cinnamon, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 mins. Pour in the oil and stir well to combine.

  2. Sieve in the dry ingredients and fold through until the mixture is smooth and well combined before adding the apples.

  3. Carefully pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 45-50 mins. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a cooling rack. Once the cake is cool, dust with icing sugar and cinnamon.

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27th Mar, 2015
Made this using Coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and it was delicious!
22nd Jan, 2014
Not telling how often we've had this lovely simple cake. :-) It's brilliant for using up leftover apples. Usually soak apple pieces in a couple of spoonfuls of rum and use a whole teaspoon of each of the spices for more flavour.
2nd Nov, 2013
The cake tasted lovely - subtly spicy, but I have to say that although cooked at the right temperature for longer that the recipe said - it was runny in the middle! I had tested it with my cake probe, but probably not in the right places! Oh well, we are going to eat round the soggy bits - unless anyone thinks putting it back in the oven once it has already cooled would work?
6th Oct, 2013
Enjoyed how straightforward this was to put together. The result was a lovely moist cake. We used 1tsp of each of the spices further to the feedback below and felt that gave a good depth of flavour.
26th Sep, 2013
Can't wait to try this but I will have to wait. I have bought nutmeg instead of mixed spice !!!
13th Jan, 2013
This cake was absolutely gorgeous, it had a great moist texture and it rose very well. I would also recommend using more mixed spices, and I don't think you need as many apples as they suggest; otherwise, a lovely recipe.
Frantic Flapjack
1st Nov, 2012
Bella - Looking at the back of my jar of mixed spice, it contains cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, clove, pimento, ginger. You couldn't go wrong with any of the above, but go easy on the clove and pimento.
31st Oct, 2012
I can't find the mixed spices in any store where I live..any suggestions for a substitute??
19th Oct, 2012
It is really nice, although I did not have the mixed spices but It still came out nice but would definitely add the mixed spices next time to give him more flavor
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15th Oct, 2012
Doesn't work for me. Don't taste a lot of chocolate or spices. Nice texture. Perhaps omit the cocoa and make it a vanilla-apple cake.


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