Sunday, 11 October 2015

Autumnal Apple Cake

Saturday before last was Apples and Pears Day at the walled garden
in Wortley Hall. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon with blue skies
 and warm sunshine, just perfect for a wander round the grounds of the
estate and see all the organic vegetables and fruit trees grown within
 the hall's walled garden. There were lots to see but it was mostly the apples that caught my eye. They were all over the place, in trees,
 on the ground, in wooden crates, displayed in boxes on a table, and
 floating in water inside a plastic tub. I'm not sure why they were
 in that tub, to be honest, but anyway, they were just everywhere.
And of course there were delicious cakes and freshly pressed juice
too, all of which we tried and really enjoyed.

That lovely, apple-filled afternoon (sorry pears) inspired my cake-
baking this week. I found a recipe from the Bake-a-boo Bakery
 Cookbook that is very similar to one of the cakes I tasted that
Saturday. It's deliciously moist, full of apple and cinnamon flavours
 and, to me, very wonderfully autumnal. You might like to try it too.
Here's the recipe:

**Autumnal Apple Cake**

For the cake:

175g (6 oz) butter at room temperature
150g (5 oz) light muscovado sugar
3 large free-range eggs
200g (7 oz) apples, peeled, cored & sliced
100 g (3 1/2 oz) sultanas
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour, sifted
1tsp ground cinnamon
icing sugar, for dusting

For the topping:

2 apples, peeled, cored & finely sliced
2 tsps demerara sugar

Pre-heat oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4. Grease and line
the bottom of a 20cm (8 inch) loose-bottomed cake tin.
Cream the butter and muscovado sugar together until smooth
and creamy, then beat in the eggs one at a time.

Stir in the apples and sultanas, then gently fold in the flour
and cinnamon until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the
prepared cake tin and level with a spoon.

Arrange the apple slices for the topping in a neat fan all the way
around the outer edge of the cake, then make a circle in the centre.
Sprinkle the apples with the demerara sugar, then cook in the
preheated oven for 45 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake
comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then release and serve
dusted with icing sugar.

I hope you'll like this cake as much as we do. I forgot to dust
the top with icing sugar but it doesn't really matter I think. It's still
very taste, especially paired with a cup of tea. Enjoy!

On another baking note, I'm very pleased for Nadiya for winning
this year's The Great British Bake Off. She was in great baking form
in the finals and aced through all three challenges. She's the real
deserving winner, well done to her.

A lovely Sunday evening to you all. See you soon!


  1. It sounds delicious! Your cake looks so pretty with the apple slices arranged on top. Thank you for sharing your recipe, Marion. I hope you have a good week.

  2. Looks very tasty Marion. I agree, the apple slices look lovely on top. Nadiya's creations were stunning weren't they - although I did like Tamal's sticky toffee cake.
    Caz xx

  3. It sounds like a great event, perhaps the apples in water were ready for some Halloween apple bobbing. Your cake looks really delicious and very moist. I was thrilled for Nadiya too, I think the final was there for the taking but Nadiya proved she was the worthy winner.

  4. MMMMMMM thanks for sharing it looks scrummy! Straight on my to bake list :) I was really pleased Nadiya won too, she deserved it :) have a good week! x

  5. What an amazing collection of different apples! The apple cake looks and sounds absolutely delicious! xx

  6. That cake looks yummy, thank you for sharing the recipe I might just have to make one :)

  7. I'm definitely trying your cake. We need more nut free recipes now Biggest girl is restricted....all my old recipes had almonds in them!!! xx

  8. hello,
    the cake looks very delicious!!! thanks for sharing the recipe. i will it try.
    have a nice restweek,