Apple tea cake

Apple tea cake

Little Kitchen
Jacqui Melville

This is a simple recipe as you don’t have to cook the apples first. They cook with the cake and the cinnamon and sugar create a lovely topping.


Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon butter, for greasing
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup slightly softened butter
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
double cream, to serve (optional


Quantity Ingredient
sharp knife and chopping board
mixing bowls
metal skewer
wooden spoon
wire rack
measuring spoons
measuring cups
square cake tin


  1. Ask a grown-up to help you preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a cake tin with the butter.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder salt into a large mixing bowl and add the salt and 4 tablespoons of the sugar. Stir everything around so it is mixed together well.
  3. Add the butter to the bowl and use clean fingers to rub it into the dry ingredients until it all looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Place the egg and milk into another mixing bowl and whisk them together well. Pour into the dry ingredients and whisk until the mixture becomes a smooth batter.
  5. Ask a grown-up to help you pour the batter into the cake tin and arrange the pieces of apple on top. Press them in gently so they sink in just a little bit.
  6. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the cake.
  7. Ask a grown-up to help you put the cake in the oven and bake for 30–40 minutes or until cooked through. The cake is done when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out cleanly. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool a few minutes.
  8. Ask a grown-up to help you remove the cake from the tin. Use a spatula to loosen it a little bit around the edges, then place a plate on top of the tin and quickly flip everything upside down so the cake falls out of the tin onto the plate. Now turn the cake back the right way up onto a wire cake rack.
  9. Serve the cake while it is still warm, with cream if you like.
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