After the huge success of my cinnamon tea cake (aka cinnamon donut cake) here on Foodiful, I thought I would share a variation adding in some delicious wintery flavours: apple and cinnamon. This smells AMAZING when it’s cooking and the apple and sticky drizzle add that extra something that I always find myself looking for when it’s cold and extra comfort is called for.
This is a big cake, so I use my grandmother’s deep fruit cake tin. You could use anything 22cm or above – the bigger the better! You can use any apples you like. I am lucky enough to have a wild apple tree in our garden that gives us so much fruit from January to March. It’s a perfect excuse to keep making this great cake even after winter is over!
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hr
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 130g butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups self-raising flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 8-10 small apples, peeled, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180°C, then start with your apple topping. Place the chopped apples into a saucepan with the sugar, cinnamon and water, and let simmer for 5 mins or so until the apples have softened. Set aside.
Cream the brown sugar and butter in an electric mixer (or by hand) until light and fluffy.
Preheat and line a deep 22cm cake tin with baking paper. Then, add in the eggs, vanilla, flour and milk and mix well to combine. Pour into the cake tin.
Top the batter with the apple pieces, trying to leave as much liquid behind as you can, and set leftover liquid aside for later.
Place into the hot oven for 45-55 mins. The fruit on top will slow down the cooking speed, but you will know it is cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cake has cooled, poke holes all over the top with a skewer. Using the juices from the cooked apples, pour the syrup over the cake and let it soak in. This will also give the cake a lovely glaze.
Serve immediately and enjoy!