Dorset apple cake

Dorset apple cake

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(121 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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28th Jun, 2020
I have tried this recipe using a 2lb tin and found it took ages longer than the suggested time to I have just made the same recipe and cooked 2 x 1lb tins and find they cook much better this way. Lovely recipe though!! Will definitely make this again, so moreish! x
16th Jun, 2020
Tried this today as I had some small green eating apples that were loafing around! Followed the recipe, but used mixed fruit instead of sultanas and did not add the sugar on top. Took about an hour and 5 mins to cook, but I covered the top of the cake after 40 mins. I LOVE cinnamon, but 2 tsps is far too much in my opinion. All in all though a lovely cake and will definitely make again (with less spice)!
8th Mar, 2020
This made a perfect Sunday evening dessert with family! It was incredibly quick and easy to make (I used eating apples as didn’t have any cooking apples at home!)! Will definitely be making it again!
Frantic Flapjack
18th Feb, 2020
A good homely cake and very easy to make - I've made two in a week! It does take longer to cook than the recipe states. Mine took about an hour.
17th Nov, 2019
Very yummy recipe! I used normal eating apples so halved the sugar. I found it needed the 8 tbsp of milk, 6 wasn't enough. I'll definitely be making this again.
17th Nov, 2019
First cake I have made in 40 years, turned out brilliantly, so good in fact my wife thought I had got her mum to make it , like others have stated cooking time does take longer than quoted in recipe, Give it a go well worth it.
3rd Nov, 2019
Have made this twice,on the most recent occasion I used ~300g (about two, normal size) braeburn apples, each cored and cut into eighths. Cut each eighth into 1-1.5 cm chunks. Didn't bother peeling. I didn't measure out the milk exactly just added enough (but probably more than the 6-8 tbsps recommended) to get a smooth dropping consistency. I also used plain flour + 3 tsps baking powder rather than self-raising flour and added baking powder and cinnamon after rubbing in stage. Cake turned out great, lovely and moist and not too sweet, which I liked. Took more like 50 mins- 1hr to cook on gas 4. Would recommend:-). Thanks Ed!
24th Oct, 2019
Made this today with 300g cooking apples chopped up quite finely. Followed recipe closely but used a 20cm square tin and sprinkled cinnamon on the top along with the demerara sugar. Perfect result and very tasty. Will definitely make again.
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.


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!
goodfoodteam's picture
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?
goodfoodteam's picture
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.


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Bethan Lygo
4th Nov, 2019
I made a vegan version by substituting 86g sunflower oil in place of the butter, half a mashed banana in place of the egg, and used unsweetened oat milk in the same quantity. Turned out really nice and my family who usually groan at the mention of veganism enjoyed it too :)
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.
cookingenius's picture
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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