Apple Cake


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.