Dorset apple cake

Dorset apple cake

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(89 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


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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  • 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



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



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


  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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16th Oct, 2019
I have just made this for the second time and this time I used a loaf tin and cooked it for 1 hour. It came out really well and I think the recipe is better suited to a loaf tin.
9th Oct, 2019
Fabulous cake. I made this cake using the exact ingredients & baking time. The cake was a perfect Dorset Apple cake. This is one of my husbands favourite cakes being a Dorset lad through & through. He absolutely loved it! Thanks Edd Kimber.
7th Sep, 2019
I agree with sandraflanagan. Strange recipe which resulted in a batter that was far too thick and needed quite a bit more milk adding. I wish I'd added another egg as 1 didn't seem enough. My cake took 30mins to cook but was a disappointing pastey texture despite it def being cooked and far too sweet. I've thrown it in the bin as not worth the calories! I've made a different Dorset apple cake recipe before which was delicious, will have to try and find that one!
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Cathy Withers-Clarke
4th Apr, 2019
Very moist and perfect for a rainy autumn day with some custard. Will be making it again.
12th Mar, 2019
I was very disappointed with this recipe as it was so highly rated by others. I had to add at least 12 tbs milk to get the ingredients to bind together at all and even then it was still so thick that I thought it was going to break my mixer, the beaters of which were totally bound solid with the mixture. It didn’t rise so was very heavy, stodgy and had an unbaked appearance inside despite being in the oven for 1hr 10 mins. That said, the flavour was good with the cinnamon coming through nicely. I am a very experienced cook/baker with 40+ years’ experience.
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Rory O'Cea...
13th Dec, 2018
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!
20th Oct, 2018
Enjoyed the flavours of this but texture not quite right for me - maybe I should have left it in a bit longer...
14th Oct, 2018
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!
27th Sep, 2018
Really lovely moist cake. Followed recipe exactly as it said. Very much liked by all the family
23rd Aug, 2018
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!


joey p
22nd Sep, 2019
Could I add a teaspoon of almond extract to the batter instead of cinnamon? Already made the original and loved it just fancied a change!
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24th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. We haven't tried this but there's no reason why it wouldn't work. You might want to add 1 - 2 tsp depending on how much you want the almond flavour to come through. Let us know how it goes! You could replace some of the sultanas with flaked almonds too.
21st Oct, 2017
Does this freeze well?
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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.
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?
goodfoodteam's picture
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.
21st Dec, 2013
I want to soak the fruit first, any suggestions? Cheers
8th Feb, 2016
I soaked them in orange juice and left out the milk.
30th Oct, 2013
Would you be able to freeze the dorset apple cake?
7th Aug, 2014
Yes, we freeze apple cake all the time at work.


29th Apr, 2018
Lovely recipe but allow an hour to bake- I've made it twice and both times it's been 60 not 40 minutes.
27th Nov, 2015
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.
15th Feb, 2015
Nice. Took 50 mins at 180 in fan oven.
7th Aug, 2014
Works very well with wholemeal self raising flour.
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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:)
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