A family favourite – apple and almond cake

I love apples not just for their flavour and versatility but also because they remind me of my childhood and visiting orchards with my parents and grandparents. 

Now with an aged apple tree in my own back garden, we have been spoilt to have our own personal supply of  apples every autumn.  And this year is no exception.  The harvest has been so spectacular that we have been picking apples off our tree throughout October. 

The variety of apple that we grow is Charles Ross, a great looking apple that is good for both eating and cooking.  As it’s a dual purpose apple, I tend to keep the unmarked apples for the fruit bowl and use the less than perfect ones for cooking.  Often I partly cook the apples (peeled, cored and sliced), cool and freeze so that I can use the stewed fruit for puddings and cakes throughout the winter months.

One of our favourite cakes is apple and almond cake, a lovely moist cake which is basically an almond flavoured sponge with a layer of stewed apple in the middle.  The cake can be served warm or cold but I think it is especially nice served warm on the day of cooking. 

A great favourite with all of my family, here is the recipe:

You will need:

150 g or 5 oz of margarine

2 large eggs, beaten

225 g or 8 oz of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon almond essence

225 g or 8 oz of self raising flour (sifted)

1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder

350 g or 12 oz of cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced

25 g or 1 oz of flaked almonds (optional)

Method:

  1. Place the margarine, eggs, sugar, almond essence, flour and baking powder into a bowl and beat well.  Alternatively you can use a food processor.
  2. Spread about a third to a half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 20 cm (8 inch) loose bottomed cake tin.
  3. Cover with sliced apples.
  4. Place the remaining cake mixture on top of the apples (tip: place the mixture in blobs and then gently spread together).
  5. Optional: sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
  6. Bake in a moderate oven (160C, 325F, gas mark 3) for about 1 ½ hours until golden and the edges have shrunk from the sides of the tin.               (NB: I have a fan oven which doesn’t need preheating and my cake cooks in about an hour or just over on a slightly lower heat.  Please check your manuals if you have a fan oven for guidance on cooking temperatures and times.)
  7. Turn out and cool.

This post is day 3 of the nablopomo challenge.

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8 Responses to A family favourite – apple and almond cake

  1. JuliesMum says:

    This is a brilliant recipe – my family loved it. In particular, all that long slow cooking makes a delicious crunchy outer layer. And since my husband – aka Mr Gadget – bought us a machine that peels, cores and slices apples, it was a doddle to make. Thank you – what a treat: not just a post from you to read everyday but a great recipe too!

    • Aspie in the family says:

      I’m so glad it turned out well. I got a bit worried when I had to put the cooking temperatures down as my oven has a mind of its own! Your apple gadget sounds fab – we’re a bit of a gadgety family too. Funnily enough, when I’ve finished writing this, guess what I’ll be cooking – apple cake as a pudding for our bonfire tea!!

  2. Galina V says:

    mmmm a mouthwatering recipe! We have 3 apple trees in the garden, two of them are quite old. This year they had a bit of a rest, but last year we had to ask neighbours to help, as the amount of apples was incredible. I love the apple tree blossom, it is spectacular. Thank you for sharing your family recipe!

  3. Beth says:

    This sounds a lovely recipe, thanks for sharing. We aren’t fortunate to have our own apple tree but we do have a lovely little market stall with locally grown produce, so I am sure the little ones won’t mind choosing some extra apples this weekend:) Beth x

    • Aspie in the family says:

      I love those market stalls with home or locally grown produce on them. There always seems to be a better variety of produce than you get in the supermarket! Good luck with the cake if you cook it. Deb x

  4. Blue Sky says:

    My son has been asking me to bake an apple cake for him for some time, so this could be the perfect recipe :)

    • Aspie in the family says:

      Its the one cake that everyone likes in our house which is quite amazing really considering the dietary and sensory needs in the house. I don’t usually put the almond flakes on top though, as my daughter doesn’t like the texture. Deb x

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