Spiced toffee apple cake

Spiced toffee apple cake

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(41 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus cooling


Makes 15 squares
Try a twist on traditional toffee apples - sugared, spiced and very very nice!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal327
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.53g


  • 200g dates, roughly chopped



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 200ml milk, plus a splash



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 250g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 4 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 small red apples



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • squeeze lemon juice
  • handful of toffees



    There are few secrets to toffee. It is simply sugar that has been

  • a little icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with baking parchment. Put the dates and milk in a small pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside for 15 mins to cool.

  2. Whizz the date mixture to a smooth purée in a food processor or blender, then scrape into a large mixing bowl. Tip in the butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice and vanilla, and set aside while you prepare the apples.

  3. Quarter and core the apples, then slice quite thinly, tossing in a little lemon juice as you go. Quickly beat together the cake ingredients with an electric whisk until smooth, then scrape into the baking tray. Arrange the apple slices, overlapping in rows, on top of the cake – you should be able to get 3 rows lengthways down the tray. Bake for 45-50 mins until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tray.

  4. Put the toffees in a small pan with a good splash of milk and gently melt, stirring, until runny. To finish, dust with a little icing sugar, then drizzle sauce all over the cake. Cut into squares or slices to serve.

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18th Nov, 2012
A little bit on the dry side.
Frantic Flapjack
13th Nov, 2012
Sugar and spice and all things nice!! Loved this cake. Beautifully soft and with a lovely apple and toffee topping.
10th Nov, 2012
Great cake, toffee sauce compliments the tart apples
10th Nov, 2012
Great cake, toffee sauce compliments the tart apples
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5th Nov, 2012
This was OK. I found it quite hard to eat as you would take a bite and end up dragging a load of apple off the top of the cake leaving what remained a little dull. If I were to make again I would either peel the apples or maybe chop them up and add them to the cake batter. I made a sticky toffee pudding sauce to serve with it and also served it with a dollop of creme friache which was nice. I wouldn't make it again as Ottolenghi's apple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is a similar but MUCH nicer cake.
3rd Nov, 2012
In a word, scrumptious, easy to make very soft and moist it did not hang around long with 3 children!!!!
31st Oct, 2012
Such a gorgeous cake!! I didn't feel like bothering with the apple, put it in a round tin, cut into two and filled with home-made prune jam. Like Emily, I also used a mixture of whole wheat flour and white flour. I certainly will make it again and again.
14th Oct, 2012
Absolutely a winner - instant winner thank you
12th Oct, 2012
Recipe very easy to follow. Turned out beautifully. Would bake again.
19th Aug, 2012
Love this recipe. I have made it for a couple of school coffee mornings and is very very popular.Even got my kids to eat it. I have made it with more dates total of 300g and it was so moist. I also found that M&S Toffees works very well


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