I 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
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.