West Country Apple Cake

West Country Apple Cake

The origin of the apple cake is unclear, as it has been attributed to both Dorset and Somerset. One thing is clear, however – the recipe is a West Country classic.

Scrumptiously moist, the cake uses two of the West Country’s most famous products, apples and cider, to create a dessert that goes down incredibly well with a side of double cream.

Recipe info

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 90 minutes


• Butter (175g, softened)

• Brown Sugar (175g)

• Mixed Dried Fruit (150g)

• Bicarbonate of Soda (½tsp)

• Stewed Apple (170g)

• Plain Flour (250g)

• Mixed Spice (½tsp)

• Cider (120ml)


1. Preheat the oven to 170⁰C or gas mark 3.

2. Mix the sugar and butter until soft and creamy.

3. Add the mixed fruit and stir.

4. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the cider, quickly add to the apple, and then mix with the butter mixture.

5. Stir in the flour and mixed spice.

6. Bake for an hour and a half in a baking tin.



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