Spiced apple cake: using up the windfall apples

spiced apple cakeI have a big bag of windfall apples, plus our own little trees are finally producing some nice fruit.  This nutty spiced apple cake is a great way to use them up. I usually resort to apple pie or crumble, but I thought I would make a cake for a change. This one is packed full of apple chunks and is lovely by itself or warm with custard. It is an old favourite at Shoestring Cottage.

Spiced apple cake

125g (4 oz) butter
350g (12 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
250g (8 oz) plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsp mixed spice
750g (1.5 llb) apples – it works well with cookers of eaters
125g (4 oz) chopped mixed nuts


Preheat oven to 150C/gas mark 2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift in the flour, soda and spices and fold together, then mix in the apples and nuts. Beat the mixture well, then turn into a  greased baking tin about 9x 13 inches.

Bake for 1.5 hours, then check to see if cooked and cooker for a further 15-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine cooked in 1 hr 45.

I always think of this spiced apple cake as an Autumn pudding, but really it works well any time of year.

2 thoughts on “Spiced apple cake: using up the windfall apples

  1. That sounds delicious. Apples in any form are a favourite in our house. Can’t go wrong in my opinion. Am going to try this recipe later in the week.

  2. Hello, just popped across from Sue’s Quiet Life in Suffolk blog. We have half a dozen apple trees and are normally indundated with apples, but several are “resting” this year (thank heavens). I always use windfalls (cookers or eaters) to make up home-made Mincemeat, and have a few apple-recipe books with recipes to mop up a few more. Apple gingerbread is one of our favourites, along with Chocolate apple cake, and Banana-applesauce cake.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe – another to add to my stash.

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