Autumn Apple Cake

autumn apple cake A delicious, moist apple cake, perfect for those chilly autumnal afternoons.  Cuts into 12 slices.  Not suitable for home-freezing.


175g melted butter
3 eggs
350g self raising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
175g light muscovado sugar
3 medium eating apples unpeeled and cored
100g chopped dates
100g blanched roughly chopped hazelnuts
3 tbsp apricot jam

20cm spring-form cake tin greased and lined

Oven 180C / Gas 4 / Fan 160C

How to make it

  1. Put flour, cinnamon and sugar into a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Cut two apples into chunks and stir into dry ingredients with the dates and half the hazelnuts.
  3. Beat the eggs into the cooled butter, poor into the dry ingredients and stir gently.
  4. Spoon into prepared tin and smooth top.
  5. Thinly slice remaining apple and arrange apple rings on top of cake. Sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts.
  6. Bake for 50mins-1hour.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin. Whilst cake is still warm, heat jam in a small pan and use to glaze top of cake.

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