Apple Cake

Apple tea cake recipe

“We’re having a morning tea at work on Friday and I told everyone about the yummy apple cake you make. Could you please make one for me to take?” my fiancé asked.

I said yes, of course. I love baking and in fact, while we were on our holiday overseas it was one of the things I missed.

This apple cake is the ultimate in simplicity – you don’t even need to cream butter and sugar.  Simply mix everything together and then slice a large apple and place it on top along with some demerara sugar.  It couldn’t be simpler.  In fact, it’s a great cake to make with children, not only due to it’s simplicity, but also because it doesn’t require a long attention span.

It’s up to you what fruit you decide to use as the topping.  The only thing you should keep in mind is that the heavier the fruit, the more likely it is that it will sink into the cake during baking.  Some great combinations to try are blueberry, pear, fig, peach and raspberry.  You could try individual fruits or a combination, the choice is yours.

Do you have group morning teas at work?

By the way, I’ve submitted my apple cake recipe and a couple of my recipes for the Lurpak Challenge. To vote for this Apple Cake click here.  To vote for my Chocolate Quinoa Pear & Plum Crumble click here and for my Cauliflower Sformato click here. Voting ends on the 10th of July 2011 at 11:59PM AEST and you can vote once per day until the deadline.  Thank you!!

Apple tea cake recipe


Apple tea cake recipe


Apple Cake


  • 1 cup of self raising flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup of ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 2/3 cup of caster sugar
  • 120g of softened butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of demerara sugar



  1. Preheat the oven for 160 degrees Celsius (325 Fahrenheit) and prepare a 20cm springform cake tin.
  2. In a electric mixer, with a paddle attachment fitted, add all of the ingredients except the apple and demerara sugar and mix until just combined.  Pour the mixture into the springform tin.
  3. Top with the sliced apple and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked through.
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  1. [email protected] July 6, 2011  8:47 am Reply

    what a lovely cake!

  2. muppy July 6, 2011  8:52 am Reply

    This looks gorgeous. I love morning teas at work!

  3. Prerna@IndianSimmer July 6, 2011  11:02 am Reply

    My family is a huge fab of this cake. I have tried it with just about any fruit I can get my hands on and it has never disappointed me! Thanks for sharing the recipe and reminding that it has been a while since I have made this. maybe I'll use some of those fresh berries I just got.
    My recent post Peach Gujiya - An Indian Empanada or Deep Fried Pie?

  4. elle marie July 6, 2011  12:54 pm Reply

    Seriously tres chic, I can see the steam rise from the tea cup, the photography is beautiful.

    • delicieux July 6, 2011  1:19 pm Reply

      Thanks Elle :D I was hoping you could see the steam from the cup of tea, even if it is faint :D

  5. cc11 July 6, 2011  1:05 pm Reply

    Yummy! I hope you win!

    • delicieux July 7, 2011  8:37 am Reply

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments Purabi. I look forward to you coming back soon :D

  6. pearlsandprose July 7, 2011  3:37 am Reply

    We don't have morning teas, but wish we did! This is so beautifully presented and photographed--looks divine.

    I voted for all three. :) Good luck!
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    • delicieux July 7, 2011  8:38 am Reply

      Thank you so much Ms Pearl :D

  7. Sylvie@GITK July 7, 2011  7:44 pm Reply

    What a delicious looking rustic cake, my grandmother made a similar one, it was one of my favorites.

  8. Jessica June 15, 2012  9:40 am Reply

    Did you use a standard cake tin or one with a tube insert? I'd love to try this recipe.

    • Jennifer June 15, 2012  9:53 am Reply

      Hi Jessica,

      I used a springform pan :) I hope that answers your question, however feel free to contact me if you have more.

      • Jessica June 15, 2012  9:56 am

        Oh, from your photos it looks like the cake has a hole in the center & the original recipe on SmittenKitchen used a tube tin. But thanks for confirming that it works with a standard tin without a tube insert.

  9. Linda November 13, 2012  6:24 am Reply

    Made this recipe - it was delicious! I couldn't quite make the all in one method you've suggested so I creamed the butter and sugar, beat in the eggs and folded in the flour. So gorgeous!

    • Jennifer November 13, 2012  7:07 am Reply

      Thanks Linda :D So glad you enjoyed it. If you like apple cake recipes you also might like this Apple Cider Cake


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