Recipe for a Dorset Apple Cake

January 2, 2017

Recipe for a Dorset Apple Cake

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Recipe for Dorset Apple Cake.

Here is a hugely popular recipe for the wonderful Dorset Apple Cake and is the perfect thing to use up those Autumnal apples. This is from a hand written recipe that has been kicking around our recipe books for a long time. I could say it is the true recipe for Dorset Apple Cake, but I would be wrong, because everyone has their own version and much intolerance abounds. Dorset Apple Cake is just a cake that has apples, brown sugar and sometimes cinnamon. The apples can be in the cake, on top, both on top and in the cake; it’s entirely up to you! It is also equally as good as a pudding with a good dollop of homemade custard top.

If you do use this recipe, please add comment below or even better please send us a photograph of your cake and we will pop it on our Instagam page.

For the definitive on how to cook a perfect Dorset Apple cake, read Felicity Cloake’s article in The Guardian – we get a mention as well!

You can find other delicious recipes on our Dorset Recipes page. 


Dorset Apple Cake

January 2, 2017
: 12
: 20 min
: 45 min
: 1 hr 5 min
: Easy

Our most popular recipe.


  • 225g cooking apples, peeled, chopped, but remember to slice some for the top
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 115g butter, diced
  • 165g dark muscovado sugar for a dark Christmassy cake or light muscovado sugar for lighter cake or even golden demerara sugar will do (use 50g of this for the topping)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2–3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (gas mark 4).
  • Step 2 Grease and line a 7″, round cake tin. (How to line your tin video here)
  • Step 3 Toss the apple with the lemon juice and set aside. Sift the flour and baking powder together then rub in the butter, until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Step 4 Stir 115 g of the sugar, the apple and the egg, mix well, adding a little of the milk at a time to make a soft doughy mix.
  • Step 5 Transfer into your tin.
  • Step 6 In a bowl, mix the 50g of soft brown sugar, sliced apple and cinnamon, arrange on top of the cake mix.
  • Step 7 Bake for 45–50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

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