Dorset Apple Cake


  • 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 450g Bramley apples or other apple variety
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 225g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 3 large eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar

Dorset Apple Cake

We just love apple cake; especially when it’s all gooey with apples. Dorset Apple cake is really an easy and delicious apple cake to make, best served warm with whipped cream.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/. Butter a deep 23-24cm cake tin and line with baking paper parchment. Peel, core and cut the apples into 1cm wedges.
  2. Using an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, adding a little flour with each egg to keep the mixture smooth.
  3. Sift the remaining flour and the baking powder into the bowl and fold in with the ground almonds. Stir the apple pieces into the mixture.
  4. Spoon into the prepared cake tin, lightly level the top and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until well-risen, brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the cake starts to look a little too brown, cover with a sheet of baking paper after about 45 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle heavily with the extra caster sugar. Cut the cake into generous wedges and serve warm with a spoonful of whipped cream.
  6. Enjoy!

    Download Dorset Apple Cake recipe in pdf format (116kb)

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