Sunday, March 18, 2012

the crafty kitchen: autumn apple cake

This recipe has been adapted from one I found in a favourite UK mag (Country Homes & Interiors) and it is steadily becoming our favourite.  As it bakes, it spreads a beautifully warm and spicy smell through the house, just the kind of scent kids will love to come home to after a day at school!

You'll need:
175g butter, softened
3/4 cup raw caster sugar
3 eggs
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup ground almonds
2tsp ground cinnamon
2 apples, peeled, cored & thinly sliced
1 cup walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line an 8cm deep slice tin.
2. Use an electric mixer to beat, butter, sugar & eggs until creamy.
3. Mix in flour, ground almonds and cinnamon and beat for a few seconds until combined.
4. Chop half of the apple into rough matchsticks and stir them in along with half of the walnuts.
5. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and smooth down.  Layer remaining apple slices on top, poking them halfway into the mixture then sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
6. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until risen and cake springs back when lightly touched in the middle.
7. Leave to cool in tin for an hour or so then slice and serve warm with double cream.

Next time I'm going to try different fruit/nut/spice combos such as apricot, slivered almonds & ginger or plum, hazelnut & cinnamon (using ground hazelnuts in place of ground almonds too).  

If you bake this at home, I'd love to know what you think of it!


  1. Going to give this one a go today ... perfect weather for warm apple goodness!!