Apple Cake

This apple cake – like all cakes, actually – is perfect for a rainy afternoon or a lazy brunch.

The smell of the apples and cinnamon will make you forget all that is wrong with the world outside…

Basics: Apples,  self raising flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, sugar, butter, orange zest, cinnamon and casting sugar.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 55 mins

Recipe type: Desserts & Sweets
Serves: 10


  • 2 apples (I used Granny Smith), peeled, cored and sliced in wedges
  • 1 and 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 100ml milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp spoons of butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp spoon baking powder

For the topping:

  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Casting sugar to dust before serving


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Butter and line a 23cm/9in round cake tin.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar, using an electric hand mixer, until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder, mixing it as well.
  5. Slowly add the milk and the zest of an orange, mixing it until you have a smooth batter.
  6. Arrange the apple slices, flat-side down, on the batter in a spiral pattern. 
  7. Transfer the batter to the cake tin and add another round of spiral apple slices on top.
  8. For the topping, mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter.
  9. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40–45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean and the top is golden-brown.
  10. Leave to cool for 15 minutes in the tin. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and turn it out of the tin onto a wire rack.
  11. Once cooled, dust casting sugar on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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