Sunday, 5 February 2012

Apple, Cinnamon and Sultana Cake

This is such a great 'Wow Your Friends' recipe. A simple 6,6,6,3 fairy cake batter with a spicy apple filling, which means minimum preparation for you, and maximum delight for your friends when they come round for tea on Sunday afternoon. The weather in London today may be snow, but my kitchen today is definitely warm with a delicious outlook.

Cakes always offer amazing value for money - and this one, particularly, is no exception. The whole 8-10 serving cake comes in at £3, which means less than 40 pence per serving. Put the kettle on...

Serves 8


175g self raising flour
175g margerine, softened
175g caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and finely sliced
75g sultanas
1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
1 tablespoon of demerara sugar
1 tablespoon of icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 180c. Beat the flour, margerine, caster sugar and vanilla together until the batter is light and creamy (10 minutes approx with an electric mixer). In a springform (loose-bottomed) 20cm tin, lined with baking parchment, place 5/6 (five-sixths) of the batter. In a bowl, mix the apples, sultanas, cinnamon and demerara sugar. Spread the apple mix, in an even layer, over the cake batter in the tin. Take the remaining batter and spoon it unevenly over the apple mix, leaving gaps. Bake the cake until risen and golden (1 hour approx). Wait for the cake to cool before removing from the tin. Dust with the icing sugar.

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