Dorset apple cake recipe

By Debbie Major

  1. Serves 8
  2. Takes 25 minutes to make, 1 hour to bake, plus cooling
  3. Rating

There are as many versions of this cake as there are cooks but we love this lemony one. Serve with clotted cream.

tried and tested
Dorset apple cake


  1. 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  2. 450g Bramley apples
  3. Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  4. 225g caster sugar, plus extra for dredging
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 225g self-raising flour
  7. 2 tsp baking powder
  8. 25g ground almonds
  9. 1 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease a deep 23-24cm springform cake tin and line with baking paper. Peel, core and cut the apples into 1cm pieces, and toss with the lemon juice.
  2. 2. Using an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, adding a little flour with each addition to keep the mixture smooth.
  3. 3. Sift the remaining flour and the baking powder into the bowl and fold in with the ground almonds. Drain the apple pieces well, then stir into the mixture.
  4. 4. Spoon into the prepared cake tin, lightly level the top and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until well-risen, brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the cake starts to look a little too brown, cover with a sheet of baking paper after about 45 minutes.
  5. 5. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate. Dredge heavily with the extra caster sugar. Cut the cake into generous wedges and serve warm with a spoonful of clotted cream, if you like.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 518kcals, 28.6g fat (15.9g saturated), 6.8g protein, 62.6g carbs, 41.1g sugar, 1.2g salt


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November 19

I have just Made this cake, I put more apples in as I love them (have allot on my tree) I did cook the cake for a little longer, turning down the heat for a further 10 minutes. Wow its amazing


November 19

I have just Made this cake, I put more apples in as I love them (have allot on my tree) I did cook the cake for a little longer, turning down the heat for a further 10 minutes. Wow its amazing


June 28

I made this cake today and found a couple of things about it I may change if making again. There are a LOT of apples in it and I felt the sheer quantity prevented the whole cake rising as it should and affected the shape when turning it out. It is a delicious cake, I won't deny that but I think if I make it again I'll be reducing the amount of apple to 300g as opposed to the 450g.


June 8

I've made this cake several times and I keep having to make it as requested by friends! I didn't have cooking apples so I substituted 2 eating apples and made the rest of the weight of apples up with raisins or mixed fruit and some chocolate chips! I also added two teaspoons of cinnamon. I like double the amount of sugar on top too as it makes a lovely topping. I thought it was undercooked the first time I made it, but once it cools it is lovely and moist. A real hit!


March 8

This is a delicious cake! A real hit with Family & Friends


November 18

Just made this cake, bit of a mistake cooked at 180 in fan oven rather than 160 so by time 45 mins elapsed was already a bit brown!! Also it seemed to be swimming in butter - is this right??


September 11

This is thee best apple cake and so easy to make! Top Marks


July 7

Disaster! After an hour the cake was still liquid. Not sure what went wrong really, but maybe too much butter.


October 23

I made this cake yesterday, and have to say that despite having to guess the measurements because my scales broke, my critics (three friends who came round for tea) were suitably impressed! I added a bit of cinnamon too as I like the combo. Thought that after an hour it still didn't seem cooked but actually I think it worked being a bit squidgy!


September 3

Yep to the flour the almonds are for texture and flavour, you'll never know unless you try. Thats what cooking is about, doing it your own way! This cake is super yummy!!!


August 31

I wouldn't advise changing it as baking recipes especially usually need to be accurate to work and this has been tested to work as is. If you don't like the amount of almonds try a different apple or cake recipe. There are loads of great ones on this site. Good luck.

N Lyle

August 29

If I didn't put the almonds in do you think I could just put more flour in?


March 28

This has got to be the bast last minute cake ever., all the ingredients are stuff that you always have home. It is a clear winner for me


August 26

This cake is so easy to make and is gorgeous. Great on it's own, with custard, cream or ice-cream.

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