Dorset Apple Cake

From Ainsley’s Good Mood Food, ITV

Apple and cinnamon is a classic – and delicious – combination and what better way to enjoy it than in a cake. Dorset apple cake is one of my favourites to enjoy with a cup of tea! It’s an easy, rustic bake with tangy apples, warm spice and a scrumptious crunchy top. Yum!


Preheat your oven to 180c/160cfan/gas4.

Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm deep cake tin.

In a large bowl mix the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon. Rub in the cold butter using your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

Add the caster sugar and sultanas and stir then fold through the prepared apple slices.

Beat the eggs with the milk, pour onto the dry mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and smooth the surface to level. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes until the cake is risen, golden and a skewer comes out clean when inserted.

Cool in the tin slightly before serving. Delicious eaten warm or cold.



  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 110g unsalted cold butter, diced
  • 110g golden caster sugar
  • 100g sultanas (optional)
  • 2 eating apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small cooking apple, peeled cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 60ml milk
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar