Apple cinnamon tea cake

27 May


apple cinnamon tea cake The Hungry Mum

My red KitchenAid is one of my very favourite possessions. The Hungry Dad bought it as a gift for me many years ago, when I was just getting into baking. Talk about full-blown addition – now if I don’t bake at least once a day I feel all jittery until I can get a hit of the baking good stuff.

Anyway, my beloved KitchenAid gets quite the workout, as you can imagine, so every so often I like to make a cake that requires no horsepower.

Baking using a just bowl and spoon always makes me think of how easy we have things now, and hard women in the past had it. I think especially about what it would have been like for women who arrived in Australia from the UK 150 years ago. They arrived in a strange, hot, strange world where everything was different to home, and where baking required you to source your own ingredients. Can you imagine having to mill your own flour, milk your own cows, churn your own butter and collect eggs – just to bake a cake? I get cranky if I run out of ingredients – and I have two major supermarkets about three minutes away from me.

I had a tin of pie apples gathering dust in the pantry so I thought of combining them with sugar and cinnamon to create an old-fashioned apple cinnamon cake.

Serve this cake as is, or blanket in cream for a decadent dessert. This teacake is also perfect for a picnic or just an afternoon treat. Serve in big squares and savour the marriage of apple, cinnamon and sugar, a lovely classic combination


2 cups self-raising flour

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

⅓ cup canola oil

1 egg

1 cup full fat milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

400 grams tinned apple pieces

sugar topping

2 tablespoons caster sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

apple cinnamon tea cake. The Hungry Mum


Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a 20cm square baking pan with non-stick baking paper.

In a large bowl use a silver spoon to stir sugar, cinnamon and flour together until combined

Add remaining ingredients – except the topping – and stir until everything us just mixed in. Do not over-beat.

Pour into the prepared tin and level the top with a spatula.

Stir the sugar topping ingredients in a small bowl and distribute over the cake.

Bake for around 65 minutes – 70 minutes and cool in pan.

Cut into large squares to serve.

apple cinnamon tea cake. The Hungry Mum.


23 Responses to “Apple cinnamon tea cake”

  1. Philip May 27, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Beautiful; and all the lovely more for the simplicity of it.

    • The Hungry Mum May 31, 2016 at 7:36 am #

      Thank you Philip. As the saying goes, the simple things are often the best 🙂

  2. Tanya Finley May 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Apple and cinnamon is one of my favorite combinations! The teacake looks lovely.

  3. Jess May 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    I think this cake looks delicious; it looks very moist on the inside. Great job 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum May 29, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      hey, thanks Jess! It was a lovely, moist cake. Sadly, long gone now!

  4. Sarah 'n Spice May 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    A lovely combination of flavors, my favorite 🙂

  5. Linda May 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    This cake looks delicious! I love recipes that use self-rising flour… Gonna try this one today! Thanks for sharing…

    • The Hungry Mum May 29, 2016 at 6:02 am #

      Thanks Linda! Hope you love it as much as I did. Let me know how it turns out x

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 29, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    I also like making cakes where you don’t need the big equipment. Sometimes a whisk and a bowl is nice to use-slightly less washing too than the really big bowls and attachments.

    • The Hungry Mum May 29, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      Totally. I have a dishwasher but by the time you add in the bowl and whisk and spatula the thing is nearly half full …

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  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime May 30, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    My red KitchenAid is one of my very favourite possessions as well! Love this cake 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum May 30, 2016 at 9:36 am #

      Mine needs a tune-up but I can’t bear to be without it 🙂

  9. May 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Apples and cinnamon in a cake are a perfect match 🙂

  10. Fourth Generation Farmgirl June 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    A great combination of flavors, and the simplicity is a plus! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum August 29, 2016 at 8:24 am #

      Thank you, I need to make this cake again – it is such a winner.

  11. cookingwithshy June 6, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    Love the combination of apples with cinnamon…perfect with tea:))

    • The Hungry Mum June 7, 2016 at 7:31 am #

      It is a lovely combo – hope you get to make it soon.


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