Spiced Apple Walnut Cake

Spiced Apple Cake Image 1 This recipe comes from my sister-in-law Nina  and is one of her go-to dinner party desserts. The recipe is a slight adaptation from Carol Bowen’s version included in one of Sainsbury’s Cookery books and is perfect holiday dinner party dessert! 

What you need: measuring spoons/cups, food processor (slicing disk & blade), deep 8’’ round cake tin, parchment paper, non-stick cooking spray

Serves: 8 – 10

  • 1 lb apples (depending on size approximately 2 – 4)
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz self-rising flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 oz margarine
  • 8 oz superfine sugar
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbs butter (for greasing the pan)
  • confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Grease the cake tin with unsalted butter. Line with parchment. Spray the parchment with non-stick baking spray. Peel and core the apples. Using the slicing disk attachment for your food processor – slice the apples and set aside. Rinse and dry the food processor bowl. Put back in place with the metal chopping blade. Place the flour, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg and pulse for a few seconds to combine. Add the margarine, sugar and eggs and process for twelve seconds, until well combined. Next, add in the chopped walnuts and process for and additional few seconds to combine. Spoon half of the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and spread evenly. Cover with the apple slices and then top with the remaining caked batter. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, until well risen, golden in color and a toothpick pierced through the center of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool.

To Serve: Place cooled cake on a serving dish or cake stand. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. You can microwave back to warm if you prefer and serve it alongside a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Dust with confectioner’s sugar after you warm it up. Heaven.

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