Rustic Apple Cake

Apples seem to be one of those foods that have had a million myths built up around them. One of my favourites is the story of William Tell. Tell lived in the Swiss town of Altdorf which, at the time, was being subjugated by the Austrians. In order to humiliate the Swiss populace a hat was raised on a pole and the citizens were expected to bow before it. Tell refused to demean himself and as punishment was ordered to shoot an apple off his son’s head with his crossbow! Of course, Tell, who was a superb marksman, shot the apple clean through and himself into the history books. Surprisingly my husband was not keen for me to re-enact this with my trusty paring knife before making this cake.

Anyway enough of History 101 this cake is best served warm  with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and, just like William Tell, I am sure that it will hit the bullseye with your guests 🙂




  • 250gm (8.82oz) caster sugar
  • 175gm (6.15oz) self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100gm (3.52oz) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 150ml (5.07floz) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored and cut into 1-2cm slices
  • cinnamon sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 170°C. Spray a 24cm spring form cake tin with oil. Line the base with baking paper.

Spread half the apple pieces around the bottom of the cake tin. Don’t place apples in the centre.

Using a stand mixer, whisk the sugar and eggs until thick and creamy.

In the mean time place the butter in a microwave safe dish and melt in the microwave.

Add the milk and vanilla to the melted butter.

In a separate bowl sift the flour and cinnamon together.

Once the eggs are thick and creamy slowly pour in the butter mix.

Whisk until combined.

Add the flour, whisk until combined. Don’t over mix you only want to whisk long enough to remove any lumps of flour.

Carefully pour batter over the apple slices.

Place the remaining apple slices on top avoiding the centre.

Sprinkle the top of cake with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for approx. 60-70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when testing.

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