Toffee apple cake

19 Feb


Apples, eh? Something that looks shiny and crisp at the markets can turn out to be a fraud when bitten into. Soft. Floury. Bruised. That was our experience after being swindled at a farmer’s market recently. Before I continue let me say that I adore farmer’s markets and the farmers that produce our food. I have no idea how fraudulent apple man managed to get a stand at these popular markets but he did. Money was exchanged. Apples were bought. Disappointment on one side of this transaction ensued.

So there we were – a fruit bowl full of dud apples that Misses 7 and 9 kept boomeranging back from school each day.

If you are a follower of this blog or know me in the real world you would know that my instant reaction was to turn these fraudulent apples into a cake.


I found this recipe on the BBC’s Good Food site. If you have a spare decade check this site out – there is a plethora of good stuff just crying out to be baked.

This recipe requires ingredients to be weighed so an accurate set of digital scales is a must.


200g dates, roughly chopped

200ml milk, plus a splash

250g butter, softened, diced

280g self-raising flour

200g light soft brown sugar

½ tsp baking powder

4 eggs

1 tbsp mixed spice

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 small red apples

squeeze lemon juice

5 tablespoons tinned caramel *I used Nestle Top’n’Fill



Preheat oven to 180C and line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Put the dates and milk in a small pan and bring to a simmer, stirring every so often. The mixture will turn to a brownish sludge. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 mins.

Meanwhile, quarter and peel apples [leaving skin on] and slice very thinly, then squirt over a bit of lemon juice to stop them browning.

In bowl of electric mixer with beater attachment place butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice and vanilla, then add the date mixture.

Beat until well-combined but do not over-mix.

Scrape into tin then quickly spread the apples into neat rows, trying not to leave any gaps.

Bake for around 40 minutes, check with a skewer – you may need a little longer.

Allow cake to cool, then whisk caramel with a tiny bit of water until it is a bit thinner then drizzle over cooled cake.



33 Responses to “Toffee apple cake”

  1. Laura (PA Pict) February 19, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    I cannot abide that fluffy texture of rubbish apples against my teeth. I judder just at the thought of it. I estimate that the majority of the sub quality apples I’ve ever bought have ended up being baked into something. This cake looks to be something I should try next time I need to dispose of some apples.

    • thehungrymum February 19, 2015 at 1:10 am #

      isn’t it the worst? Such a disappointment – not to mention a waste of money. Grrrr. When the kids were little I’d use crud apples to puree – suppose I could do that now and serve alongside pork.

      • pastedreams February 19, 2015 at 1:52 am #

        If only I had a digital scale! Looks so good.

      • thehungrymum February 19, 2015 at 3:12 am #

        I did without them for the longest time but totally recommend getting some if you bake a lot.

  2. Sandhya February 19, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    The cake looks so beautiful! I like the addition of dates in the cake too. Yummy!

    • thehungrymum February 23, 2015 at 4:08 am #

      thanks – dates keep it so moist and delish 🙂

  3. chocolatesuze February 19, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    shame about the apples but your cake looks like a beauty!

    • thehungrymum April 9, 2015 at 2:46 am #

      cheers ChocolateSuze – in every cloud a silver lining #cake

  4. alifemoment February 19, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Love this apple cake recipe! 🙂

  5. cheergerm February 19, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Dud apples make me shake my fist at the world. What a naughty apple man but you made some magic from the mayhem Mrs H. The BBC Good Food site is mad, one could get lost there for days old chap! (Whoops, sorry, too much BBC!)

    • thehungrymum February 22, 2015 at 12:46 am #

      I agree – I expect crap apples [crapples?] from supermarkets which is why I stopped buying them there but from farmer;s markets? #angry Jolly good show, old chap – off to the Beeb I go 😉

  6. chef mimi February 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    this looks really great. love the topping!

  7. milkteaxx February 20, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    why just have toffee apple when you can haver it in form of a cake?

  8. Adri Barr Crocetti February 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    This cake sounds wonderful. I always enjoy apple cakes; their homey goodness is so satisfying. And thanks for the tip about the BBC Good Food site. I will have to check it out.

    • thehungrymum February 20, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

      Oh, you’ll love the BBC food site – hope you have a few hours to spare! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  9. Frugal Hausfrau February 21, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    Lovely cake and a good “save!” I like the fun photo, too! 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 22, 2015 at 12:44 am #

      thanks – I knew you’d understand the importance of ‘recycling’ in baking 🙂

  10. nancyc February 21, 2015 at 3:34 am #

    I love how the cake is topped with apple slices–it looks so good!

  11. Traditionally Modern Food February 22, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Toffee cake looks delicious

  12. peakperspective February 22, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    Lemons into lemonade, right? And what a doozy of a cake. YUM!

  13. Life Diet Health February 25, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    This looks amazing… something I will put on my list of things to veganise! 🙂 Thank you! ps: grrr to the apple man!

    • thehungrymum February 28, 2015 at 3:36 am #

      Yes indeed grrr to the apple man! #baddie Let me know how you go veganising this 🙂

  14. milkandbun February 27, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    What a wonderful the very first photo! Cake looks fantastic, too! and I LOVE your serving spoon!!! ❤

  15. tampacakegirl March 5, 2015 at 3:11 am #

    Your toffee apple cake is lovely and looks delicious! Yum! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  16. Kamila Pala March 7, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Good TIP! I like your recipe 🙂 Bye. Kamila


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