Friday, 19 August 2011

Somerset Apple Cider Cake

Recently I've been doing a lot of Victoria Sponge cakes, or chocolate sponges etc, one thing I never bake is a cake that has fruit it in, I'm not usually a big fan. I think the fear comes from Christmas fruit cake which I cannot stand, I'm on of those people do that 'yuck face' whenever any time of fruit cake is mentioned.

So I thought it was time to change this, it was really cold yesterday when I got in from work and it actually felt a bit wintery, so naturally I needed to bake to fill the house with heat and a yummy smell. So to break my no-fruit baking streak I went through one of my favourite recipe books 'The Great British Book of Baking' that came out with last year's series of The Great British Bake Off (which I also love! and unfortunately failed to get passed the audition stage, but if someone is going to brutally kill your bread it may as well be Paul Hollywood!) anyway, I love this book! It features many from the series and lots other British classics with stunning photography, history and great techniques. This is where I found this Somerset Apple Cider Recipe, I changed it a little for preference when it came to apples and sugar but that's about it. I loved the idea of putting cider in a cake, this helped ease the thought process of putting fruit it in too!

This cake only took me 30 minutes to make before putting it in the oven, it also recommends you bake it for an hour as I did this too, came out perfect! I also nearly never have right right size actual tins so I often end up baking them in my biscuit/cake tins!

Ingredients: for a 23cm spring form tin (greased and lined)
  • 175 unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g light brown muscovado sugar (I used Tate & Lyle soft brown sugar- gorgeous!)
  • 3 free range eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 250g self raising flour (I always use plain and add baking powder)
  • 100ml Cider, choose a well flavoured apple one so the taste really comes through, I used Henry Westons 2010 Vintage
  • 500s tart eating apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used cooking apples for the stronger flavour, and kept them in segments rather than dicing)
  • 2 tablespoons demerara sugar to sprinkle with (again I used the soft brown sugar)
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celcius/325 Fahrenheit/gas mark.
  2. Beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each one.
  4. Sift the flour on to the mixure and gently fold in with a large metal spoon, when partially mixed in add the apples and cider before fully combining.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly into the tin, sprinkle with the sugar and bake for an hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Eat warm for full nom!
While I would still say I would always choose chocolate or lemon over fruit, I did enjoy this cake, you could actually taste the cider and the apples weren't as mushy as I thought they would be. It was really moist and hasn't dried out despite being cut all day. The sugar on top once it has caramelised was simply gorgeous - it really made the cake I think! I will continue trying to convert myself into cakes like these....what to try next? Pin It Now!


  1. I love the fact you always bake your cakes in a biscuit tin

  2. I love apples in cake and this one looks great. Such a great idea baking in the cake tin - I've never tried that before.

  3. This one looks so yummy and easy to make...can't wait to taste it!

  4. I've made a similar cake to this and loved it, but then I'm a sucker for anything apple...and cider's just a bonus!
    It looks heavenly

  5. You're convincing me I need to buy this book - I keep flicking through it in the bookshop and trying not to be tempted! The cake looks delicious - I do love a good apple cake.

  6. the book is brilliant (£10 in Tesco I think) great photogrpahy and brilliant recipes for fool proof pastry

  7. I can't believe I have this book and haven't made this cake. It looks delicious!

  8. Baking in the biscuit tin is a great idea! I know what you mean about Christmas fruit cake I pull the blech face too, but I do love a nice apple cake and this sounds yummy. I love your cake stand!

  9. A Decadent and BEAUTIFUL cake and I LOVE apple cakes in all shapes and sizes!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage


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