Spiced Apple Cake with Maple Syrup

Have I told you I really dislike apples? Well I do, there is just far too much effort involved in eating an apple, I’d much rather put my time into peeling an orange or stoning cherries then coring and chopping an apple.  Although, if you cook an apple in sugar and butter before adding it to an all American apple pie or a quintessentially British crumble I’m all yours.  In short, raw apples bad, cooked apples good!

After pancake day left me with another small glut of apples I thought I’d better put them to good use before they were cast into the bin, bruised and wrinkled.  I sat down with a cup of tea and my monthly pile of foodie magazines looking for inspiration.  Thankfully, my copy of Delicious came up trumps when I came across an article containing this spiced apple cake from Baking Made Easy’s Lorraine Pascale. It has everything I look for in an apple based dessert, apples stewed in butter and sugar, a deeply flavoured cake and, one of my favorites, maple syrup! I set about making it my own!

Spiced Apple Cake with Maple Syrup


200g unsalted butter

40g golden caster sugar

3 pink lady apples, cored, peeled and sliced

1tsp ground ginger

1tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1tsp ground cinnamon

250g light brown sugar

2 large, free range eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

220g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder

Good glug of maple syrup!


Preheat the oven to 160C / 140C Fan. Melt 50g of butter with the golden caster sugar in a large, heavy bottomed frying pan until the mixture starts to caramelise and turn golden.  Add the sliced apple, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside.

Grease a 20cm cake tin with a loose base and line the bottom with baking parchment.  Cream together the remaining butter and sugar until light and creamy.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating for a few minutes between each addition.  Add the vanilla and 1tbsp of the maple syrup.

add the flour mixture and mix well to combine, then stir through the apples being careful not to break them up.  Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until a cake skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and prick the cake all over with a toothpick before pouring over the remaining maple syrup.


  1. Chele
    March 11, 2011 / 5:03 pm

    I adore apples in any form but I have to agree that an apple in a pie or crumble is the best of all. I've spied this recipe in the mag as well and I'm even more tempted to give it a try now, looks so tasty.

  2. How To Be Perfect
    March 11, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    This looks lovely, perfect with tea. x

  3. daisychain
    March 11, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    this looks amazing. to me, apples are the god of fruit…raw or cooked!

  4. C
    March 11, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    It looks really tasty – I wondered about making that one when I saw it in the mag. Good to know that it's a good use of apples. I happen to like apples, but then I don't bother coring and chopping them, I just bite into them – far less effort!

  5. Helen
    March 11, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    Ooh I love maple syrup, never tried it with apples actually. This sounds lovely.

  6. Carrot Cake
    March 11, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    Yummy! :)Loves from Spain ­čÖé

  7. Katie
    March 12, 2011 / 6:46 am

    I love apples in any form but agree they always taste divine when baked into something delicious. Love the idea of adding the maple syrup

  8. Anne
    March 12, 2011 / 9:26 am

    I frequently end up using tired apples in cakes to save throwing them, your cake looks delicious! Love the addition of maple syrup too!

  9. Little Miss Cupcakes
    March 12, 2011 / 2:45 pm

    These look delish!!!!!! what are your fav foodie magazines????

  10. Katiecakes
    March 12, 2011 / 3:13 pm

    Ahh the usual's. BBC Good Food, Olive and Delicious ­čÖé Get them every month!Katie xox

  11. Anonymous
    March 13, 2011 / 2:22 am

    Wow, that looks and sounds amazing! I love the combo of apples and maple syrup, two of my favorite things ­čÖé Yum!!!

  12. Butter Hearts Sugar
    March 13, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    This looks wonderful! The caramelised apples and maple syrup sound swoon worthy.

  13. flights of fancy
    March 13, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    This looks amazing!Have just stumbled across your blog and it's absolutely beautiful. You have definitely inspired me to get in the kitchen.xhttp://paperbagsandpolkadots.blogspot.com

  14. Harriet
    March 13, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    This looks amazing! Apples are absolutely my favourite thing. I could eat apple crumble, apple pie and apple cake all day long!

  15. SaraG83
    March 14, 2011 / 3:29 pm

    Apple cake is one of my favourite … and your cake seems really good ­čÖé

  16. Clara
    March 18, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    nhamm! looks good! *-*

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