Country apple cake

Country apple cake

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(26 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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal372
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.4g


  • 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



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

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



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  • 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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Julia Upsall
20th Jun, 2020
Did not like baked for one and half hours apple sunk to the bottom . Cooked through though too sweet . If trying bake longer slightly lower temp.
Jennypugh62's picture
2nd Apr, 2020
Turned out quite gooey - tastes nice but too wet to eat like cake. More like a pudding!
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Si Yun Tan
27th Feb, 2020
This is a great cake recipe. Was a bit hesitant to try it after reading comments that the cake doesn’t bake. I believe the key is the type of apples used. Some apples becomes watery after baked. I used royal gala and my cake turns out great.
Rob Anybody
8th Feb, 2019
I would be foolish to question the recipe given the other glowing or at least positive reviews, but this didn't work out for me. All I can think of that I might have done incorrectly is using slightly too much baking powder - so, easy on the baking powder, all. The cake was still closer to liquid than solid, especially in the centre, after fifty minutes, but the parts not liquid were well done. After having left it to cool for a time, hoping some magic would be wrought, that all was in fact going as intended, and despite all the evidence of my eyes, I cut tentatively into the cake, only to have it drip all over the tray beneath the cooking rack. I put it back in the oven for more than half an hour, the only effect of which seemed to be the burning of the parts that were done. Sightly desperate, I took the knife to it, making many smaller pieces, hopefully all the better to cook properly. Even this only sort of salvaged it, as - though edible - it remained a bizarre mixture of the burnt and the undercooked/improperly baked. May it go better for everyone else.
21st Sep, 2018
Although it had a nice texture the cake was bland. I added a cream cheese frosting to perk it up but would increase the spice if I made it again.
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 !!!


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