Spiced Apple Cake recipe

spiced apple cake

If there’s one thing I love it’s visiting my grandmother, apart from seeing her and getting myself one of her super hugs she always, always without fail has cake, homemade cake and you never know what she’ll be offering but trust me it’ll be delicious.

You may find something chocolately, or fruity or a teabread which she’ll insist is eaten buttered so I do as I am told and swather on a thick layer of butter and sit back and enjoy whilst I listen to all the goings on of her Coffee Morning ladies.

One of my favourites she makes is her Spiced Apple Cake. Now she’s not a recipe developer, most of the cooking she does is from a recipe, some handed down from her mother (who were handed in down from her mother), some from women’s magazines but they could date back from the 50’s or beyond and there’s no telling which magazine because she ripped the page out and stuck it in a scrapbook. So for me this is her recipe and it’s one I’ll definitely be passing on to my daughter and my granddaughter in time too.

Delicious on it’s own or served with a vanilla custard.

Spiced Apple Cake


200g of cooking apples, cored, peeled and chopped
200g sultanas
150ml milk
150g soft brown sugar + a little extra for sprinkle at the end
300g self raising flour
2 level tsp mixed spice
150g butter
1 egg – beaten


Turn the oven on to 170C / 325F Gas mark 3 and line an 8? baking tin with baking paper.Mix together the apples, sultanas, milk and soft brown sugar in a bowl

Rub the butter the flour and mixed spice together to form a breadcrumb like mixture.

Add the apple mixture and beaten egg and mix well together

Place in the lined tin and sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake in the oven for 1 and 3/4 hours (1 hour 40 mins for fan ovens).


I made it with 100g sultanas and 100g of dried apricots, you could try different variations of dried fruit in your mix

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  1. November 30, 2011 / 11:21 AM

    Oh wow, that cake looks amazing! Good luck with the lottery too, your plans sound fab! x

  2. November 30, 2011 / 11:48 AM

    I’d love a kitchen like the ones in your plans too but lottery win is needed here too *sigh*. Will definitely have to try out your recipe it sounds yummy!

  3. Mum2BabyInsomniac
    November 30, 2011 / 1:46 PM

    Yum! Mine features an apple cake too! Mine was apple and almond though, a kitchen has to have cake in it! x

  4. November 30, 2011 / 1:25 PM

    That cake looks amazing! Bookmarked for a rainy afternoon when only apple cake will do :)

  5. Funky Wellies
    November 30, 2011 / 2:54 PM

    Yummy, just printed off the recipe, First Daughter is visiting this weekend and we will bake it together, with the help of my Kitchen Aid! ;)

    I hope you will not have to wait too long for your plans to turn into reality, your house is going to look fab! xx

  6. mum of all trades
    November 30, 2011 / 4:45 PM

    kitchen pics and a recipe! You are spoiling us. loved these photos and the cake sounds yummy

  7. November 30, 2011 / 4:34 PM

    Yum yum! Sounds like your kitchen will be amazing once it is done!

  8. Mama Syder
    November 30, 2011 / 5:54 PM

    Your plans for your kitchen & Living room sound fab and I love that you have your Great grandmothers table…that is so wonderful! x

  9. Domestic Goddesque
    November 30, 2011 / 6:32 PM

    That’s a nice looking jar of Cranberry Sauce you’ve got there! So envious of your heirloom table and chairs!

    • Mari
      November 30, 2011 / 6:56 PM

      You’re absolutely right – it’s your Cranberry Sauce and my plan when i started was to mention you BUT I had so many interruptions that I just made a collage! I shall rectify that right now xx

  10. November 30, 2011 / 7:00 PM

    Ooohh love what you have done with this post. A cup of tea and cake whilst we pour over your plans for home improvement, perfect. It all sounds wonderful so I hope you find that ticket soon :-) xx

  11. November 30, 2011 / 7:25 PM

    Looks like a lovely cake. Hope your plans ome together, and you win the lottery.

  12. November 30, 2011 / 10:59 PM

    Here’s hoping your kitchen dreams come true, with lots of space to make more apple cake :)

  13. Mum2Four
    December 1, 2011 / 7:51 PM

    Keep buying the lottery tickets & until the win happens munch on delicious cake!

  14. October 19, 2013 / 8:16 AM

    Sounds yummy! I have make one this weekend!

    • October 20, 2013 / 3:06 PM

      I hope you had a lovely weekend, you’ve been on my mind x

  15. October 19, 2013 / 4:27 PM

    Mmmmmm apple cake…..One thing I never got the chance to have was either of my gran’s recipes, so,I’m making cookery books for each of my kids to have when they leave secondary school.

    • October 20, 2013 / 3:08 PM

      Me too, I’m trying to get a collection of ‘heirloom recipes’ together to pass down

  16. October 20, 2013 / 2:05 AM

    Apples are so good and abundant this year, I’ll have to try this recipe.

    • October 20, 2013 / 3:16 PM

      It’s good to have a few great recipes to hand for the masses of apples that end up in my kitchen, I like this one, easy and tasty

  17. October 20, 2013 / 12:51 PM

    This looks so nice – I think I’d have to have some custard with it too!

    • October 20, 2013 / 3:19 PM

      Thanks, it is delicious and well worth a try some time

  18. October 20, 2013 / 9:19 PM

    Sounds yummy! Apple cake is one of my favourites! I can’t get mixed spice here in Italy but I guess I could have a go at making my own!

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