Unbeatable Dorset Apple Cake!

Whenever I have a day outdoors ahead of me, my thoughts inevitably turn to food(!) and this Dorset Apple Cake is one of my favourite backpack choices:

Dorset Apple Cake

You will need:

450g cooking apples (such as Bramley)
juice of ½ lemon
225g butter, softened
280g golden caster sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
350g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
demerara sugar, to sprinkle

How to make:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
  • Grease and line a rectangular baking tin (approx. 10”x7”)
  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples then squeeze the lemon juice over
  • Place the butter, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, cinnamon and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well until smooth.
  • Take half of this mixture and spread evenly into the base of the prepared tin.
  • Arrange half of the apple slices on top
  • Repeat these layers.
  • Sprinkle the top with demerara sugar.
  • Bake for 45-50 mins until golden.
  • Leave to cool for 10 mins, then turn out of tin and peel off paper.
  • Cut into squares.

Resist the temptation to eat it all at once! :-)

Do you have a favourite recipe for a cake that travels well?

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  • Carolina HeartStrings

    Looks wonderful. Love the use of British measurements and terms. Reminds me of growing up cooking with my British mom and Gran.

    • KarenGuttridge

      It’s funny because I love the American use of ‘cups’ but have no idea how to use them! :-)