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Bake 40: Amazingly Autumnal Apple Cake

Apples, apples, apples I have a not very secret love for apples. Not, admittedly, in their raw, healthy form particularly. But I love applely things. Apple candles. Apple shower gel. Apple pie. Pork and apples. And Apple Cake.

I’d picked up some cooking apples after promising to bake the husband and daughter something yummy to keep them entertained while I was away last weekend – something I failed utterly to do in all the chaos of last week. But I made up for it on my return by making this, my newly minted Amazingly Autumnal Apple Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting.

And, since there turned out to be quite a lot of cake, in that way that sometimes happens when I’m not paying proper attention to recipes, many other people have also shared in this autumnal bounty.

A word of warning, though. It’s not the prettiest cake I’ve ever made. But it tastes incredible…

Bake 40: Amazingly Autumnal Apple Cake


  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 140g dark soft brown sugar
  • 250ml sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 unpeeled apples, coarsely grated

For the icing:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 50g dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 200g tub soft cheese


  • Preheat oven to 150°C and line a deep, round cake tin
  • Put flour, mixed spice, bicarb and baking powder in a bowl, then stir in the sugars
  • Add the oil, apples and eggs and beat everything together
  • Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool
    on a wire rack
  • For the icing, beat all the ingredients together and chill until the mixture is thick but spreadable, then cover cooled cake

Apple Cake

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