Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

So I thought I’d try a different post today and share with you a recipe for one of my favourite cakes. This apple cake is a one that my mum sometimes bakes and it’s so delicious! It’s a recipe on the BBC Good Food website and I’d never actually made it before so I decided to give it a go as I haven’t baked anything in a while. As this contains cooked apples it’s a great cake to bake if you need to use up some apples that might not be brand new and crunchy any more (but I don’t mean use old mouldy apples because that would be gross)


  • 225g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 115g unsalted butter, diced and chilled, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6-8 tbsp milk
  • 225g Bramley or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 100g sultana
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar (this is optional but it’s one of my favourite parts!)


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Grease and line a deep 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Mix the flour and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then add in the butter and rub into the flour using your fingers, until it looks like a mixture of fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the light brown sugar and beat in the egg, followed by 6 – 8 tbsp of milk (I used 8 as it’s supposed to be a stickier cake).

    You want to try to create a thick, smooth batter.

  4. Add in the apples and sultanas and combine them into your mixture. Scrape the batter into your prepared tin and gently level out. Evenly sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top and bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes. (I cooked mine for about 40 because I used more milk)
  5. When the cake is ready, it should look golden and a skewer insterted into the middle should come out clean. (The cake is normally more sticky in the middle)
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool further. It’s best served warm and tastes amazing with custard! unless you don’t like custard



– If you’re making this with a friend or another family member then it’s a good idea if one of you cuts the apple while the other one starts making the mixture so that they’re ready straight away for when you need to add them in

– Apparently there’s not that much difference between raisins and sultanas but I added raisins instead of sultanas because this is what I prefer, so you can always switch up the recipe to suit you.


I hope you enjoyed this post, it was definitely quite different to what I usually do but I’d love to do more baking posts so let me know if you’d like to see that! What’s your favourite cake? Have you ever tried an apple cake before?

Zoë x


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