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Super Easy Apple and Cinnamon Cake

Making apple cake is a great way to use up any excess cooking apples you might have. We usually make apple crumble when we have some Bramley apples to use, but every once in a while we’ll make this cake instead – and it’s always worth it!

How To Make Apple Cake

ingredients for apple cake

The basic ingredients you need to make this apple cake are;

  • self raising flour
  • sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  • butter/margarine (softened so that it’s easy to mix in)
  • eggs
  • milk
  • apple – you can use either Bramley or Granny Smiths

The extras I love to add are cinnamon and sultanas. They give an extra comforting boost to an apple cake but you don’t need to add them if you don’t want to.

First of all, add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and stir them together. I usually add 2tsp of cinnamon as I love the taste of it, you can add less than this if you wish.

Next, add in the butter and mix it all together until it is well incorporated. You can use melted butter if it makes it easier.

Preparing the Apple

I use one large Bramley Apple, but you can use 2 Granny Smiths instead. I do peel mine before putting them in the batter – but you don’t have to, you can leave the skin on if you prefer.

You can also decide how small you want to chop up the apple. I go for apple chunks as I quite like coming across them in my cake that way (see the close-up shot of them further down).

You can instead slice them up super small so that the chunks aren’t that noticeable in the cake, but you’ll still get the sweet apple taste. 

Next, add the beaten egg, milk and chopped apple and stir everything together.

Transfer the apple cake batter to a greased/lined cake tin (I used a 20cm tin) and cook in a preheated oven – 180C/Gas Mark 4 (160C for fan).

For some extra sugary crunch, sprinkle some brown sugar across the top of the batter in the baking tin before putting it in the oven.

Leave it to cook for 1 hour, checking on it at 40 minutes to make sure the top isn’t burning. If it looks ready, insert a metal skewer or sharp knife, and if it comes out clean it is cooked.

apple cake straight from the oven

Leave it to cool for 15 minutes before removing it and leaving it to cool some more on a wire rack before slicing it up. 

For the ultimate in comfort, serve it with some yummy custard!

apple cinnamon cake

Let me know in the comments if you make this cake – I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it!

apple cinnamon cake

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Apple and cinnamon cake offers the ultimate cosy comfort food, especially when served with a smothering of warm custard!


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 125g butter or margarine (softened or melted)
  • 50g sultanas (optional)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200ml milk
  • 250g apple, peeled, cored and chopped (Bramley or Granny Smith is best)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4 (160C for fan)
  2. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - flour, cinnamon, sugar and sultanas
  3. Stir in the butter until well combined.
  4. Add the beaten egg, milk and chopped apple. Gently stir it all together until evenly mixed.
  5. Transfer apple cake batter to a lined/greased cake tin (I used 20cm).
  6. For some extra sweet crunch, sprinkle 1tbsp brown sugar across the top of the batter.
  7. Cook for 1 hour, checking at 40 minutes to ensure it is not browning up too quickly. Check with a metal skewer/knife to see if it is cooked inside (it should come out clean).
  8. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool some more.
  9. Slice and serve with your choice of custard or ice cream - or enjoy as it is. Apple cake tastes amazing when it is still warm, but can also be eaten when completely cooled.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 468mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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