Gran's Apple Tea Cake

"This is one of my favourite cake recipes ever. It's so easy to make, I'm the world's worst cake maker and mine turn out perfect every time. I have substituted grated apple for diced as I find that the cake comes out much more moist. Feel free to change it back if you prefer. I also like to leave the skin on for texture, again feel free to alter as you see fit."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
1 Large Cake




  • Line a large cake tin with baking paper, and pre heat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add eggs, beating mix after each addition. The mixture may separate at this point, this is natural so either ignore it (as i do) or add a tablespoon of the flour mix to 'settle' it down.
  • Carefully fold in dry ingredients, alternating with apple.
  • Add milk if necessary to get a thick creamy texture.
  • Turn cake into the tin, and top with apple slices (i like to make this into a nice pattern).
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle over apple slices.
  • Bake for one hour, or until cake springs back to the touch.
  • I find this cake doubles well, although you need to be careful of cooking time. It also freezes well.

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  1. This is a very tasty and easy recipe. I used dark brown sugar which gave the cake a lovely colour, I also grated the apple used in the cake itself but next time I will try a tin of apple. Nice served warm with whipped cream for dessert.
  2. Delicious and easy!!! I have made it a few times now. The first time I doubled the mix and made it into one cake and a few muffins. They all went down well!!!


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