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Spiced Bramley Apple Cake

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7 Reviews

Total Time
1h 35m
Prep Time
Bake Time
1h 15m
Serves 8
Serves 8

About the bake

This delicious Bramley apple cake can be served as part of afternoon tea or with a dollop of crème fraîche. If you love the taste of warm spices, then this apple cake is for you. 

15 ingredients8 steps
  • Vegetarian


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°c (fan 160°c, gas mark 4). Lightly grease and line the bottom of a 20cm spring-form deep round tin with baking paper.

  2. Step 2

    Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to beat.

  3. Step 3

    Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour into the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with crème fraîche.

  4. Step 4

    Toss the apples with the spices and fold into the mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared tin. Smooth the top.

  5. Step 5

    For the topping: Place the apple slices in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Toss lightly and drain. Add the caster sugar and toss again being careful not to damage them.

  6. Step 6

    Arrange the apple slices on top of the cake and bake for about 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. If the top begins to darken too much cover with a circle of baking paper.

  7. Step 7

    Remove from the oven. Let it cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then turn it out onto a cooling rack.

  8. Step 8

    Warm the orange marmalade in the microwave for 15 seconds and brush it all over the top of the cake. Serve.


  • For the cake

    • 225gButter (unsalted) (softened) 
    • 180gBillington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar 
    • 4Egg(s) (free range) (medium) 
    • 300gAllinson's Plain White Flour 
    • 2 tspBaking powder 
    • 0.5 tspSalt 
    • 2Bramley apple(s) (peeled, cored and cubed) 
    • 1 tspCinnamon 
    • 1 tspNutmeg (ground) 
    • 1 tspCardamom ((ground)) 
    • 200mlCrème fraîche 
  • For the topping

    • 1Bramley apple(s) (peeled, cored and diced) 
    • 2 tbspJuice of one whole lemon 
    • 2 tbspBillington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar 
    • 2 tbspOrange marmalade ((smooth)) 


  • 20cm spring-form deep round tin
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Nutritional information per 190g serving

  • Energy 626cal
  • Fat 36g
  • of which Saturates 22g
  • Carbohydrates 65g
  • of which Sugars 37g
  • Protein 7.9g
  • Salt 0.85g

7 Baker Ratings

Excellent cake , however I would prefer that rather than 2 apples , a weight was given for the ingredients.

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This is such a tasty cake. So easy to make. Rises beautifully and keeps well.

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