Apple + cinnamon cake – a LardButty homemade recipe

I made this gorgeously moist and spicy apple and cinnamon cake for K’s birthday recently. It’s way more interesting than your average sandwich-cake-and-vanilla-icing kind of birthday cake.

Apple and cinnamon cake – moist and spicy

• 50g butter, softened
• 134g self-raising flour
• 66g light muscovado sugar
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon (1 for mixture, 1 to decorate)
• 2 dessert apples
• 2 free-range eggs, beaten
• 2 tbsp apricot jam (warmed in microwave)

Mix                                   Bake                               Decorate                        Slice + eat

1. Mix the butter with the flour in a food processor (or by hand) until it resembles fine breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

2. Stir the beaten eggs into the mixture.

3. Peel, core and slice the apples and stir most of them into the mixture then pour into a cake tin and decorate with remaining apple slices.

4. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 160°C fan/gas mark 4 until golden-brown, then brush the top with warm apricot jam and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, and leave to cool.

• Adapted from Mary Berry’s loaf cake recipe here
• A dry ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons or to 28.3 grams