Apple Cake

Apple Cake with sultanas and cinnamon


175g sultanas
125ml dry cider or apple juice
175g butter
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
300g plain flour
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large cooking apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Crème fraiche to serve


  1. Soak the sultanas in the cider or apple juice overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan assisted) or Gas 3 or 4.
  3. Line an 8 inch cake tin.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then fold in the dry ingredients, lemon zest and sliced apples.
  5. Finally add the sultanas and all the juices.
  6. Bake for 1 to 2 hours. Test with a skewer – it should come out clean.
  7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin, and then transfer to a wire rack