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Dorset apple cake served on a plate with ice cream

Dorset Apple Cake

Course Baked Goods, Cake
Cuisine English
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 227kcal


  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 115 g unsalted butter diced and chilled, plus extra for greasing
  • 115 g light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 6-8 tbsp milk
  • 225 g Bramley or Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and diced
  • 100 g sultanas
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar optional


  • Heat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a deep 20cm/8 inch cake tin with baking parchment.
  • Mix the flour and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour using your fingers, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the light brown sugar. Beat in the egg followed by 6 - 8 tbsp of milk – you want to achieve a smooth, thick batter.
  • Add the apples and sultanas and mix to combine. Scrape the batter into your prepared tin and gently level out. Sprinkle over the Demerara sugar and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • 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 or some Dorset vanilla ice cream.


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg