Apple Cinnamon and Sultana Cake

This is a really easy recipe and converts well to gluten free. Just substitute the regular flour with a gluten free alternative and add xanthum gum (optional) with just as good results. I use a plain gluten free flour with 2½ tsp baking powder and omit the extra baking powder in the recipe. It’s dairy free too!

Cuts into 12 slices.


250g self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp baking powder
100g light muscovado sugar
175g sultanas
125ml sunflower oil
2 eggs, beaten
125ml apple juice
2 dessert apples grated (not peeled)
Demerara sugar

20 x 30cm (approx) traybake tin lined with baking parchment

Oven 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C

How to make it

  • Sift the flour, cinnamon and baking powder into a large bowl, the stir in the sugar and sultanas
  • Pour the apple juice, oil and eggs into the dry ingredients with the grated apple and stir well until mixed
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and spread into the corners
  • Sprinkle generously with Demerara sugar
  • Bake for 40-45 mins until firm and golden
  • Leave to cool in tin for 5-10 mins then turn out and cool on a wire rack
  • Serve warm from the oven as a dessert or cool fully and enjoy as a cake

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