Here is a hugely popular recipe for the wonderful Dorset Apple Cake and is the perfect thing to use up those Autumnal apples. This is from a hand written recipe that has been kicking around our recipe books for a long time. I could say it is the true recipe for Dorset Apple Cake, but I would be wrong, because everyone has their own version and much intolerance abounds. Dorset Apple Cake is just a cake that has apples, brown sugar and sometimes cinnamon. They can be in the cake, on top, both on top and in the cake; it’s entirely up to you. It’s similar to the debate on when is a Cornish Pasty, a Cornish Pasty?!?!?
I know it also has cake in the title, but it is equally as good as a pudding with a good dollop of homemade custard on it!
225g cooking apples, peeled, chopped, but remember to slice some for the top
Juice of ½ lemon
225g plain flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
115g butter, diced
165g dark muscovado sugar for a dark Christmassy cake or light muscovado sugar for lighter cake or even golden demerara sugar will do (use 50g of this for the topping)
1 egg beaten
2–3 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
- Grease and line a 7″, round cake tin. (How to line your tin video here)
- Toss the apple with the lemon juice and set aside. Sift the flour and baking powder together then rub in the butter, until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir 115 g of the sugar, the apple and the egg, mix well, adding a little of the milk at a time to make a soft doughy mix.
- Transfer into your tin.
- In a bowl, mix the 50g of soft brown sugar, sliced apple and cinnamon, arrange on top of the cake mix.
- Bake for 45–50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
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If you do use this recipe, please add comment below, even better please send me a photograph of your cake and I will add it to the gallery below. Vicky@DorsetFoodieFamily.co.uk
Wine: Jonathan Charles from Dorset Wine Company: “Just had a bite of the delicious apple cake and was hoping that the Somerset Pomona would go well. I had one open so I gave it a try but sadly this seems a bit too spiritous and at 20% abv, is overpowering. Without opening every dessert wine we have I am convinced that the best match would be the Baumard Carte d’Or Coteaux du Layon from the Loire. He is a bit of a superstar and the wine itself is a bargain – showing good honeyed fruit with citrus and green apple hints along with cracking acidity.”
For the definitive on how to cook a perfect Dorset Apple cake, read Felicity Cloake’s article in The Guardian – we get a mention as well…. www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/how-to-cook-the-perfect-dorset-apple-cake
Sheila in High Corrie, Isle of Arran – Great Dorset Apple Cake Recipe from you guys. All I need now is some Clotted Cream -Yum! West Dorset Foodie agrees!!!
Chrissie – Great recipe! We just got back from a week in Beaminster, so we were craving some apple cake goodness.
Claudia – Thank you for a great recipe! I made it for my son’s 18th birthday and everyone loved it.
Emma – Made your cake today! Lovely caramelised apples on top
Lisa – Dorset Apple Cakes don’t have to be large; you can make them into individual cup cakes, just like Lisa has done and they are the perfect thing to pass around the office. PS> they were delicious with my morning coffee!
Penny – Make a cake for work! Help! West Dorset Foodie apple cake. Great idea! Thanks Vicky
Tricia – Here is my Dorset Apple cake which is delicious served with Mendip Moments Vanilla Bean Ice cream
Spiritoftheinca – This is my picture of your recipe for dorset apple cake… It smells divine! Looking forward to tasting it any minute!
Luke – Dorset apple cake made in Dorset wiv apples, tis lurvly thanks
Steve – @westdorsetfoodi I made your Dorset Apple Cake this morning. Hope it tastes as good as it smells!
Sarah – I just made this and it’s sooo good! I added a little grated apple as well and it was lovely and moist ?
Ruth We have just returned from a holiday in Dorset and had some Dorset Apple Cake while we were there. My 6 year old daughter and I have enjoyed making and eating your recipe this afternoon. As some of the other recipes also add raisins we put some of them in as well, and didn’t have time to do a fancy top. We will definitely make this again, maybe as a dessert with cream. Thank you for your recipe. Ruth
Shaundel – Today as a treat for my daughter I went on the Internet and randomly selected your recipe. We added a few little extras but we are very pleased with our cake. Your recipe was simple and my 7 year old read the instructions and we had great fun making this cake. Regards Shaundel
I just made this in our Aga – it was very straightforward and is delicious, especially warm with some cream! I doubled the recipe and made a 6 inch and an 8 inch cake – one for eating immediately the other to take to work tomorrow. Thanks! Sarah
*** Award Winning Recipe *** Here is my picture of my cake! Leakers Bakery ran an apple cake competition at this year’s Melplash show and to my surprise and delight I won. I baked several cakes to find the best recipe. Luckily we are doing some work on our house so there are lots of people around for tastings! Yours was the very clear winner. I adapted it a little. I added lemon zest, and 25g ground almonds made it a little moister and improved the cutting. I substituted Demerara sugar for the top as it looked burnt with the dark brown. I also added some raisins – the comp wanted local ingredients and we have a vine so I thought it would be fun to try to make my own…… Thank you for this delicious, and prize winning, recipe! Best wishes Julia
Thanks for an excellent apple cake recipe. I’m a decent cook (so my family tell me!) but I’m not good at making cakes. This was delicious and as light as a feather. Love the sliced apples on top. If you could post a recipe for a decent lemon drizzle cake I’d be forever grateful! Penny
Neal – Thanks for this wonderful recipe, this is the second one I have made at the request of my dearest husband, I used cox’s apples that were in the fruit bowl and demerera sugar, eaten with clotted cream of course!
Kay – Dorset Apple Cake made in the north east by Kay thanks it was delicious
My first attempt .. looks yummy ? from elaine ?
Joanne – your recipe for #dorsetapplecake using #frenchapples #frenchcremefraiche #madeinpoole #fosbaz #yum
This is your fabulous Dorset Apple Cake recipe going on the menu tonight with an apple caramel! Lisa x Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton
Finally made @westdorsetfoodi apple cake recipe this weekend. Went down a treat. Loved the cinnamon apple topping, tweaked a little with extra apple, the more squidgy fruitiness the better! Chef Ali Smith
Cindy-Marie – Autumn really here, so made Dorset Apple Cake from receipe courtesy of @westdorsetfoodi
Tracey – I’ve attached a picture for you. Using granny smith’s worked, but it’ll never be the same as good old bramley’s!! My family here in the US really enjoyed it ?
Julie – Hi there, made the above cake from your website and entered it in the local Flower Show, won Second prize ? . Very nice it was too.
A twist on you apple cake recipe this one is covered in cinnamon cheese cake with apple crisps and chocolate chips. Hope you like? Michael Carter
I recently had a dinner party showcasing local Dorset produce and after seeing all the mouth watering photos of Dorset Apple Cake on your site, decided to make it. But rather than serving it as a cake, I made individual ones. I had so many apples (I used Lord Lambourne growing in Wimborne) and used 750g of them instead of your suggested 225g, plus extra slices for the top. I also replaced about 50g of the plain flour with chestnut flour, as I wanted a really autumnal dessert. I used a little sourdough starter instead of baking powder. I doubled your recipe and it made 8. The exteriors were like pate brisee – crisp and crumbly. The interior moist and very appley. The only accompaniment was Rodda’s clotted cream – a marriage made in heaven. It went down a storm. Thank you for the recipe. Kindest regards, Sharon
Hi Please can you add this picture to your Dorset Apple cake gallery as it features our gorgeous gluten and dairy free Dorset apple cake. Thanks Suzanne Dorchester Curiosity centre
This afternoon I made your Dorset apple cake. It smells wonderful. My cake tin was slightly smaller than 7″, so I made sure the greaseproof paper was taller than the tin and cooked it for 1 hr 10 mins or so, I also turned the heat up to 200 for the final 10 minutes. You asked for photos – so here is mine. I’m looking forward to having a piece tonight with vanilla ice-cream. Thank you for the recipe. Best wishes Sarah Kirk
Hi Here’s my version, a GF all in recipeBest WishesRobin
I’ve just made your Apple cake…..it’s delicious, we all love it. Thank you
Tasted delicious! ? Anne Cornish
Thanks for the recipe – I was torn between ones that said to cream the butter, and yours, which has it rubbed in. I went for this one because it seemed a bit different from my usual approach. Turned out nicely! 🙂 Ellie
Thank you for your recipe. I have a fan oven and it’s not the best for cakes, but I think it came out quite well. It took longer to cook, but I dropped the temp a bit at first, as I didn’t know if yours was fan. I struggle with my oven, it’s great for pastry but it is so fierce for cakes! This Dorset Apple Cake is for my wedding buffet in a couple of weeks, I’m planning on warming it through and having some clotted cream on the side. As we are getting married in Dorset it seemed a good addition to the menu. Thanks for your recipe! My next bake is flourless orange cake, made with whole boiled orange pulp, eggs and ground almonds. It has an orange and cardamom syrup on top after baking, have you tried it? So light and delicate, we love it! Kind regards, Jackie
It’s a lovely cake. Great recipe! Thank you Regards Iain & Heather
Fabulous From Kim
Hello! Just to let you know that the Apple cake I made from your recipe was deemed to be “best cake ever eaten” by my daughter. I made it again today, but this time with the right size tin and used your gallery to improve my apple topping placement. Just the thing to cheer up this rainy afternoon! Mrs J L C