SPICED APPLE & SULTANA CAKE

Hi friends! I hope we’re all doing well – I excited to bring you something GUARANTEED delight your taste buds today!
About 3 years ago now I worked in the restaurant of a garden centre who did the most amazing spiced apple cake. I seriously couldn’t get enough of this cake – it’s a real diet ruiner. I just couldn’t resist it and would happily eat it daily. The problem was that when I left I was missing this cake more than I’d like to admit on the internet. I couldn’t find a recipe that seemed right ANYWHERE. They were just all wrong and I couldn’t remember the name of the company the cake came from!
But don’t fear for me friends, I can now proudly bring you THE spiced apple cake recipe! And would you believe that I found this recipe hidden away in one of the many recipe books hiding away in the kitchen! I’ll stop rambling now and get to it.

225g butter                                            2 tsp ground cinnamon
225g light brown sugar                     1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
4 eggs                                                        85g sultanas
225g self raising flour
                         2 tbsp clear honey
3 small apples (I used Pink Lady)

Obviously it helps to preheat your oven, so stick it on GM4 and line your cake tin. Grab a large bowl and beat your butter and sugar together until it’s nice and fluffy, and then beat your eggs in one by one (the batter looks super gross right now). Then add your flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and fold them in, followed by your sultanas.
At this point, I would highly recommend trying the batter – just a little bit. Mmmmmm, happy taste buds.

Now peel and core your apples and slice them into thin strips – mine look a bit like chips! (?) Pour a third of your mixture into the tin and scatter over a third of your apples, add half of the remaining batter, more apple, the rest of your batter and the rest of the apple. Got it? So the bottom of the pan is batter and then it goes up in lasagne style layers, finishing with apple (it doesn’t have to be neat layers, no one’s going to see).

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Now put it in your preheated oven for 1 1/4 hours (WOAH!) until it’s nice and golden on top.

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When you’re sure it’s cooked in the centre take it out the oven and leave it to cool for 10 minutes, then carefully take it out the tin and put it on a wire rack. Warm up your honey (about 5 seconds in the microwave) and drip it into all the little crevices in the top and let it cool completely!

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Mmmmmm, it tastes even better than it looks! If you don’t like apple in desserts don’t think that you won’t like this cake because the chances are you will. I hate apple crumble etc but I love this!
Even though it takes a while to cook it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and get it in the oven – and I’m 99% sure you can freeze this for a couple of months as well!

I’m not too keen on Christmas cake (when I say not keen, I mean it’s vile) so the chances are that this will now take it’s place, but I think this cake will be great all year round! When I made this my Mum was on holiday, so my plan was to save her a slice or two… I had to make another one! Oops 😉

I encourage you all to give this cake a go, I’ll be amazed if you dont fall in love! And please let me know and send me pictures – if it’s around long enough that is!

kayla

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