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Spiced Apple Cake with Boozy Toffee Sauce

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Spiced Apple Cake with Boozy Toffee Sauce

Like the changing colours of the leaves and layering up, freshly picked apples unmistakably signify Autumn. Make the most of prime apple and blackberry season in this scrummy Spiced Apple cake recipe, a la Great British Bake Off. You will need a 20cm cake tin.



For the cake
185g butter, softened,plus extra to grease
3 medium Bramley apples,about 700g
1 lemon
185g caster sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp milk
225g self-raising flour
110g blackberries

For the topping
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
25g soft light brown sugar

For the toffee sauce
2 tablespoons brandy
110g/4oz butter
55g/2oz soft dark brown sugar
110ml double cream


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Lightly grease the cake tin and line the base with a disc of baking parchment. Peel, core and dice the apples into 1–2cm pieces. Finely grate the lemon zest and squeeze the juice, then stir both into the apple and set aside.
  2. Using an electric whisk or wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl until pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat lightly, using a fork, until broken up. Gradually add the egg to the creamed mixture, in several additions, beating well after each addition. Stir in the milk.
  4. Sift the flour over the mixture and scatter over the diced apples and blackberries. Sprinkle over the lemon juice and stir until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level off a little with a spoon (it needn’t be completely smooth).
  6. Mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake mixture.
  7. Bake in the middle of the oven for 1–1¼ hours until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean, or with only a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool. Peel off the baking parchment and serve in slices.
  9. To make the toffee sauce place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until melted. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes to thicken slightly.

Author: Ailie Bishop


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