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Vanilla Apple Sponge

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Serves 6

This is a nice sponge with custard or cream, or as a cake with a cuppa.

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Ingredients

  • 250g sugar
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and deseeded (save the seeds)
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • a quarter of a tsp of ground cinnamon

Method

    1. Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4.
    2. Grease a 30cm springform round cake tin, and line with greaseproof paper.
    3. Whisk the sugar and butter together until the mixture turns pale.
    4. Fold in the flour and the vanilla seeds.
    5. Mix in the eggs until you get a batter, then pour into the cake tin.
    6. Place the apple wedges halfway into the batter, sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon and bake for 35-40 mins.

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food_explorer
29th Aug, 2015
5.05
This cake was amazing! Everyone in my family thought that it it was a really nice texture and flavour. However I thought that it was a bit bare so I put on a cinnamon glaze and it really improved it. The recipe for the cinnamon glaze is here: http://homecooking.about.com/od/dessertrecipes/r/blc132.htm
gordigal
15th Mar, 2015
Real crowd pleaser. Made it for pudding today after roast lamb and had everybody coming back for seconds. I agree with other comments that it needs longer in the oven - 45mins to an hour I think, but worth it. I'll definitely make it again.
npayler
3rd Dec, 2012
5.05
Absolutely delicious! So easy. A firm favourite for afternoon tea!
jabel66
27th May, 2012
5.05
This is one of my favourite cakes. I've made it a few times now and each time people ask for the receipe.
janeennisaustin
28th Oct, 2011
this cake is well worth baking but it really does need longer in the over - poss just over 1 hr - i covered the top with some loose baking parchment after 45mins to stop it browning/burning too much. Also dont push the apple in too far as it will sink to the bottom.
crockerbob
23rd Oct, 2011
5.05
I have just baked this cake and it looks fantastic. The batter was very stiff and looked rather scant, however, it has risen well. I only needed 3 apples.
janeennisaustin
9th Oct, 2011
I added small handfull of sultanas to the mixture, along with half tsp of cinnamon and half tsp of baking powder - turned out really well, will certainly bake it again, next time i will add beaten eggs to the mixture before folding in the flour & baking powder. The batter was not runny, had to spoon it into the tin, also i needed to bake it for 1 hr.
diet123
20th Sep, 2011
Love this cake! So easy and so very yummy, never tire of it.
alisongriesel
2nd Sep, 2011
After reading the great feedback I decided to make the cake as I have a Bramley apple tree in my garden and wanted to use some up. I halved the recipe as I only had 2 eggs left and then varied the method slightly...but very successfully too! I beat the butter (salted as that's all I had) with the sugar and then folded in the flour and eggs as per instructions. I mixed in mixed spice into the mixture and then cut the apple up into very small slithers/pieces and stirred them into the mixture too. Then I divided the mixture into 12 muffin cake cases and cooked for 40 minutes....A piece of fondant icing topped the cake and there's not many left now! Absolutely delicious.....Thank you for such a simple but original cake. I'll be making many more. :-)
smorgan
8th Aug, 2011
5.05
Sorry, forgot to rate it!

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