Spiced Apple Cake
Makes 8 slices
175g/6oz/¾ cup butter, softened, plus extra to grease
150g/5oz/scant ⅔ cup caster (superfine) sugar plus extra for sprinkling
3 medium (US large) eggs
150g/5oz/1¼ cups plain (all-purpose) flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 sweet dessert apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
125g/4oz/1 cup chopped walnuts
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Butter a 20cm/8in cake tin and line with parchment paper.
2 Beat 150g/5oz/⅔ cup butter with the sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and milk until pale and fluffy. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
3 Meanwhile, heat the remaining butter in a frying pan. Add the cinnamon and apples and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the walnuts.
4 Sprinkle the apple mixture over the surface of the part-baked cake. Return to the oven and cook for 40–50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
5 Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove the cake and peel away the paper. Sprinkle with caster sugar.