Dorset Apple Cake | Recipe

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September is here and with that means a massive glut of apples. I have 3 apple trees in my garden, one of which provides me with the most gorgeous, huge, delicious cookers. There are many different ways in which I can use these apples, but my favourite way? It has to be Dorset Apple Cake, the food of my ancestors. (I'm originally from Dorset if anybody didn't already know that.)

Here is the recipe that I use to make my Dorset Apple Cake, and as I mention whenever I share a cooking post with you, please be aware that I use a really temperamental gas oven which may work a little differently to yours. As you're cooking the cake, keep checking to make sure you're not burning it. This recipe is really, really easy and doesn't take long at all.

A lot of people use round cake tins to make Dorset Apple Cake but I prefer to use a loaf tin, because it makes it easier to slice and slicing is very important as I usually eat this in the afternoon with butter spread on top and a cup of tea. This recipe will also make 12 little Dorset Apple Cupcakes.


  • 2 large cooking apples (peeled, cored and diced into small cubes)
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 110g butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar 
  • 1 medium egg (beaten)
  • splash of milk


  • Preheat oven to 190°C and thoroughly grease a 9 inch loaf tin.
  • Put the flour and butter in a mixing bowl and rub together until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar, egg, milk and diced apples.
  • Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until top is golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then tip out onto a cooling rack to cool fully.

Are you a big Dorset Apple Cake fan? Discuss!

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  1. I'm not sure I've ever made Dorset Apple Cake but I'm definitely up for giving it a try! I wish I had my own apple tree to do it with, will have to make do with the supermarket though :D
    Jennifer x
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    1. It's such a delicious cake! Honestly, and so simple!

  2. I am a very reluctant cake-baker but I'd quite like to try this, it seems very simple. I've got a glut of normal-sized eaters though. Any suggestions on how many to use?x

    1. Something like 250g altogether 4 or 5 eaters? Good luck!


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