Mamma Moore’s Apple Cake

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Serves9-12 people

Nicky’s mum used to make this apple cake using fallen apples from her garden. Now Nicky’s in the big smoke, she makes it using the apples from her box.

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  • 225g self-raising flour (or 220g plain white flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • A pinch of ground cardamom seeds, a grating of fresh ginger (or use ground)
  • 100g cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 450g cooking or dessert apples
  • A little lemon juice
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 50g soft brown or demerara sugar (or caster sugar is fine)
  • A sprinkling of ground cinnamon

* There are lots of twists you can add to this recipe. Play around with herbs and spices. You can also nuts or a little dried fruit, or even chocolate.

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1. Sift flour, bicarb of soda, salt and spices (if using) into a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2. Cut butter into flour and rub into breadcrumb consistency.
3. Peel the apples. Cut into very small, thin pieces. Toss the cut apples in a little lemon juice as you go, to keep them from browning.
4. Mix in apples, caster sugar and eggs into the butter/flour mix. Gently fold through til everything is thoroughly mixed. Turn into a lightly oiled cake tin - a round or square tin 23cm in diameter.
5. Level off the top of the batter. Sprinkle with sugar.
6. Bake in a preheated moderately hot oven (200°C/Gas 6) for 30-40 mins. Test with skewer.
7. Remove from oven. Allow to shrink slightly before turning out onto serving plate.
8. Serve hot with clotted cream, yogurt, crème fraîche, or warm and buttered.
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Grendel's Mother


This is an awesome apple cake recipe - definitely the best I've encountered. I didn't have any cardamom so I used 1/2 tsp of cinnamon with 1/2 tsp of ground ginger, and it was lovely. I also sneaked in a little milk at the end, as the batter felt slightly dry, but the end result was perfect.

Best apple cake ever


I followed the recipe - I am no master baker - and it came out out perfectly. This cake is so moist and delicious. I left out the cinnamon as my boyfriend doesn't like it and just added the cardamon and it was still delicious. Such an intense warming apple flavour. If you like apple desserts you must make this! Delicious hot and cold - my boyfriend also doesn't like hot desserts but I do! We had it with cream and ice-cream and on it's own. It would be delicious with anything!!



Turned out nicely - nice and moist. I added the cardamom and fresh ginger which gave it an interesting zing, although I may add a bit more cardamom and a little less ginger next time. I had some crumble topping that I needed to use up, so I chucked it on top for extra crunch and calories!

Apple cake


I added milk - otherwise it was too dry.



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