Dorset apple cake

Dorset apple cake

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(71 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 8
Edd Kimber creates a rustic bake with chunks of sweet fruit and a crunchy demerara sugar topping

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal310
  • fat13g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 115g unsalted butter, diced and chilled, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6-8 tbsp milk

    Milk

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  • 225g Bramley or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
    Apples

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  • 100g sultana
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Grease and line a deep 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Mix the flour and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour using your fingers, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the light brown sugar. Beat in the egg followed by 6 - 8 tbsp of milk – you want to achieve a smooth, thick batter.

  3. Add the apples and sultanas and mix to combine. Scrape the batter into your prepared tin and gently level out. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  4. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool further. Best served still warm with a little custard.

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Rory O'Cea...
13th Dec, 2018
5.05
Made this cake with a pinch of nutmeg and two ground cloves on top of the specified cinnamon. I also doubled the amount of apple in the recipe (not purposely, I peeled a few too many and didn't want to waste them!) - took just over an hour to bake but the result is delicious, I would highly recommend. Great with a cuppa!
vintagemunchkin
20th Oct, 2018
4.05
Enjoyed the flavours of this but texture not quite right for me - maybe I should have left it in a bit longer...
GrandmaFunk
14th Oct, 2018
4.05
Very nice moist cake, however, the timings need adjusting. I had to cook mine for 50 minutes before the skewer came out clean. Also, wait at least 45 minutes before you try to turn it out. I waited the suggested 15 and the cake almost fell apart. Very delicious!
Maggie24601
27th Sep, 2018
5.05
Really lovely moist cake. Followed recipe exactly as it said. Very much liked by all the family
Mongoose1
23rd Aug, 2018
5.05
This cake is absolutely delicious!!! Well worth putting the sugar on top, makes a lovely crunchy topping. I cut my apple into 1cm cubes and I would say that’s just right. Took 55mins to cook to perfection. I’ll definitely be making this cake again!
EllieCadwallader
17th Mar, 2018
4.05
Delicious cake, family demolished it in no time flat and asked when I'll make it again! Straightforward to make, although mine needed an extra 30 mins cooking time, but no problem, just check it with skewer. Very moist, tasty and comforting.
marinamelidou
27th Feb, 2018
4.05
Just made this on a very snowy day and it made the whole house smell gorgeous! And it didn't taste bad either! Served warm straight out the oven with lots of custard. Just the right amount of cinnamon for me. I mixed cranberries and raisings and grated the apple rather than dicing it, which I suspect is what resulted in a very moist cake (i'm not complaining!). Very easy to make, quite satisfying, will make again!
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Elisabete Viegas
25th Feb, 2018
5.05
My first time baking apple cake and this recipe so easy to follow . My baked beautiful for 35 minutes and very tasty.
danielle_hodge
11th Jan, 2018
Absolutely delicious cake! Followed you her recipe exactly and it was PERFECT! Really chuffed with it and will definitely be making it again :)
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spottycups
21st Oct, 2017
5.05
Really lovely cake! Having recently moved to an old house with two huge, old apple trees I've been looking for lots of recipes to use up our harvest and was keen to try this one out. It didn't disappoint at all - very, very easy to make, cooked though in the correct time and was absolutely delicious warm from the oven with a spoon of vanilla ice cream or cold the next day with a cup of tea. I'll be making a few more and trying one or two in the freezer - definitely a recipe to keep!

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elaine.harley01...
21st Oct, 2017
Does this freeze well?
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goodfoodteam
27th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. You can wrap this cake well and freeze it for up to a month but we think its best served warm from the oven. The crunchy topping won't remain once frozen.
Phatzebra
16th Aug, 2014
I just made this delicious tasting cake but it cracked open in three places. I'm new to baking and followed the recipe where did I go wrong?
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goodfoodteam
2nd Sep, 2014
If your cake has cracked it may be because the cake tin you used was too small or the oven temperature is too high, thanks.
beamanjessica
21st Dec, 2013
I want to soak the fruit first, any suggestions? Cheers
Chezza99
8th Feb, 2016
5.05
I soaked them in orange juice and left out the milk.
diana42day
30th Oct, 2013
Would you be able to freeze the dorset apple cake?
Charlie24.93
7th Aug, 2014
Yes, we freeze apple cake all the time at work.
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madamvino
28th Oct, 2013
4.05
I tried baking this (very) tasty cake over the weekend. I followed the recipe rigidly but found it was completely under baked after 40 mins at GM4. I think I needed to give it more like an hour, and let it cool down for 15 mins in the oven, before it was baked properly. Even then, it was still very moist. Anyone else had similar problems? How should i alter my bake? Cheers.
emkeenan89
29th Apr, 2018
5.05
Lovely recipe but allow an hour to bake- I've made it twice and both times it's been 60 not 40 minutes.
snoz64
27th Nov, 2015
5.05
Made it several times as per recipe ( except for substituting butter with the new Stork/butter stuff). Each time it has taken an additional hour (fan oven 160). Lovely, tasty easy-to-make cake great for teatime or dessert. I wonder if an hour got left out of the timing for the original recipe.
louisagill
15th Feb, 2015
Nice. Took 50 mins at 180 in fan oven.
Charlie24.93
7th Aug, 2014
Works very well with wholemeal self raising flour.
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cookingenius
27th Oct, 2013
Perhaps you could add some nuts? I think flaked almonds would work nicely on the top or you could add walnuts into the mix?! Just an idea i thought would sound nice, i look forwards to making this cake:)