Di’s Apple cake

Di’s Apple cake

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Serves 8

 I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love apple cake. This version is simple to prepare, light and delicious. It’s just perfect for afternoon tea or any time. 

Ingredients

  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 600g apples (Royal Gala, Pink Lady, Red Delicious or any combination)

For topping

  • 1 tblsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan-forced. Grease a 22 cm springform tin and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until pale, light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the sifted flour and fold in well (the mixture should be fairly stiff).
  3. Peel the apples, halve and core them then chop into chunks of about 1 cm. Mix the apple chunks through the batter thoroughly, making sure they are evenly spread. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth with a spatula.
  4. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together then sprinkle evenly over the cake batter. Bake on the centre rack of the oven for 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when cake is tested.

Serve cake warm with a cuppa for afternoon tea or as dessert with cream or ice cream.

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