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Vanilla Apple Cake

This months Sweet and Simple Bake was a gorgeous Vanilla Apple Cake.

We had out Village Harvest Festival last weekend so I decided to make this cake for the bring and share tea.

250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g/9oz golden caster sugar (or normal caster sugar)
4 eggs, beaten
250g/9oz self-raising flour
1 vanilla pod, split, seeds removed and reserved (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
3 small Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges (or any other type of cooking apple, if not apple of your choice)
2 tbsp Demerera sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Step 1: Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a 20cm/8inch spring form tin, then line the base with baking paper.
Step 2: Beat the caster sugar and butter together until the mixture turns pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and vanilla seeds, then beat together quickly to make a smooth batter.
Step 3: Tip into the prepared tin, then lay the apple wedges on top, poking them halfway into the mix. Don’t worry if the apples appear crowded – they’ll shrink as they cook. Sprinkle with the Demerera and cinnamon, then bake for 1 hour 5 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the sponge is risen and golden.
Step 4: Leave to cool for a few mins, then release the tin and cool the cake completely on a wire rack.


  1. You were up early posting this. It looks yummy, I love all things appley. Bet it would be great warm with some custard.

  2. Sounds lovely! I do like apple cake :)

  3. I can sink my teeth into that cake of yours :-) The recipe is a keeper too.

  4. Ciao ! I brought it to a party too and it was very appreciated !

  5. Hi Beth, my apologies for not calling by until now due to having family staying then given a stinker of a cold and cough.

    Your Vaniila Apple Cake looks stunning Beth - well done!!

    Many thanks for partaking in this month’s bake and I hope you will join us again :)

    Hugs Rosie x

  6. Hi Beth

    What a beautiful cake and I bet it was a hit at the Harvest Festival!

    Thanks for taking part in this month's bake ;o)


  7. Btw I bet your loving your new sofas!! I can't wait for mine to arrive at the end of October, it will be bliss ;o)


  8. Wow, this is really beautiful. I would love it right now for breakfast!

  9. Yum, I can't wait to go get apples this weekend!

  10. mmm yours looks amazing - we loved it at home! :)

  11. I love apple cake. I will have to try this version! It looks wonderful.

  12. This looks fantastic, Beth! What was the texture like--soft and fluffy?

  13. This looks lovely... a perfect dessert for this time of year! I've never had apple cake before - I think it's time I tried it.

  14. Angela - it was lovely and moist. I could have eaten it warm with some custard

  15. this looks so so good. Even the muffins in your previous post are great :)

  16. Your cake looks beautiful. This really was a delicious cake. :)

  17. Your cake looks beautiful! I am not sure why mine looks so flat.

  18. Oh lovely cake. What a perfect September recipe.

  19. nice work! apples deserve to be front and center this time of year, and this cake looks like a perfect use for them. hooray for the person who first decided to sprinkle cinnamon on apples! :)

  20. Oh boy I have some apples left and all the ingredients required, this is my next apple treat!

    It looks and sounds delish :)

  21. Hooray! Looks awesome!

    And boy, do your muffins look great also.

  22. What a scrumptious-looking cake. Apples are great in cakes - keep is so lovely and moist.

  23. What a beautiful looking cake! I'll bet it tastes really wonderful warm.

  24. I love baking with apples. This looks wonderful. Suddenly I feel like apple season is not going to last long enough for all the things I want to make!

  25. With a glut of apples, you link to this recipe was most useful and we love the cake :-)


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