Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

So everyone that knows me knows I love Dorset. I don’t live there but I go there pretty much every year and have done since I was 3 years old. I’m 27 now and my love for it has only grown and now I aspire to live there, who doesn’t want to live by the sea?!

So this is Weymouth, it’s the real gem in the glorious crown that is Dorset.

Now every year that we used to go down to Dorset there would be three staples in our diet; cream teas, Dorset knobs (yes!) and Dorset Apple Cake.

I wanted to bring Dorset to my Mum for Mothers Day recently, so Apple Cake was on the menu.

I have great respect for a website called cakebaker.co.uk. If you want to get advice, save something that has gone horribly wrong or just get some foolproof recipes then go here!

They have a recipe for a Somerset Apple Cake and even though as a Dorset lover it’s blasphemy to call it ‘Somerset’, this is the one I tested so here goes:

  • 350g (12oz) self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225g (8oz) margarine
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 110g (4oz) sultanas
  • 450g (1lb) cooking apples, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • A little milk
  • A little demerara sugar

METHOD:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Grease an 8” tin.
  • Sieve the flour, salt and cinnamon together. Rub in the margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs. Rub the fat into the flour.
  • Mix in the caster sugar. Make a well in the mixture and stir in the eggs. Finally mix in the sultanas and apples. If the consistency seems a little thick, add some milk.
  • Place the mixture in the tin and sprinkle the top with some Demerara sugar.
  • Bake for 1½ hours or until cooked. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning out.

**Just a couple of things, you will definitely need the milk, doesn’t matter what milk as long as it’s not skimmed.

**Don’t chop your cooking apples to the size of the sultanas because they will go to mush and lessen the taste.

**For my taste buds you could quite easily put a teaspoon of cinnamon in to make it a little more spiced, enhances the flavour too.

Lastly, it is not proper Dorset Apple Cake if it is not served a little warm with clotted cream. Here’s how mine turned out…

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3 comments on “Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

    • Yes – I wouldn’t add yeast though as it will make the consistency a little tough. But you can use Plain/All-purpose flour and add baking powder.
      For this recipe I would add 2 round teaspoons of Baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda (this is just to keep the cake light after the addition of the apples). Hope this helps 🙂

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