English Apple Cake

Nothing beats a homemade apple cake with chunks of sweet fruit. Try this hearty recipe and surprise your kids with a scrumptious afternoon tea treat when they arrive home after school.


  • 225r self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 115r unsalted butter, diced and chilled, plus extra for greasing
  • 115r light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6-8 tbsp milk
  • 225r Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 100gr raisins
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar with some cinnamon (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Grease and line a deep 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Mix the flour and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
  4. Add the butter and rub into the flour using your fingers, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Stir in the light brown sugar.
  6. Beat in the egg followed by 6 – 8 tbsp of milk – you want to achieve a smooth, thick batter.
  7. Add the apples and raisins and mix to combine.
  8. Scrape the batter into your prepared tin and gently level out.
  9. Sprinkle over the brown sugar and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool further. Best served still warm with a little custard.


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