We have been making this cake for as long as I can remember and we never get tired of it. One young man at a recent cider tasting and lunch we held for a Stag party said it was the best cake he had ever eaten and we are inclined to agree! People ask us frequently for the recipe so we really thought it should be on our blog!
100ml Medium Sweet Cider (we use Medium Sweet Vale Cider)
225g Plain Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
225g Golden Caster Sugar
225g Salted Butter
750g Desert Apples, peeled and cored cut all into small cubes apart from one apple which needs to be sliced
Put the sultanas in a bowl with the cider and soak for at least 4 hours.
Heat the oven to 160 degrees (Gas mark 3).
Grease and line a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin.
Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time and beat into the mixture.
Fold the cubed apple pieces with sultanas (and any unabsorbed cider) into the mixture.
Fold in the flour mixed with the spices and baking powder.
Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and place the slices of apple around the top of the cake mixture.
Cook for 2 hours (you may need brown paper around the tin).
The cake is ready when it feels firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean.
This cake is truly delicious with a lovely cuppa or goes perfectly with the rest of the cider in the bottle!