Wednesday, April 10

Sally's Apple and Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Today, is a good day.
I'm going to share one of my top secret weapons with you. Naughty of me, I know.

There is one sport which I dream of and crave for 51 weeks of the year.
For one special week out of 52; it is time to hit to slopes and go swishing, twisting, and zig zagging down snowy mountainous peaks.
After a tiring stint of freezing exercise all day, it is time to head back to your wooden, alpine chalet for 4 o'clock tea. Warm, molten hot chocolate; fresh baguettes, and delicious bakes, all waiting for your rumbling stomachs to demolish greedily.
Sally was the ultimate ski holiday chalet maid. Faultless food, a bubbly personality, and like me, she shared a serious love for baking and cooking.
As we were saying "Au Revoir" to the snowy, stunning scenery in Courchevel, Sally smuggled a tiny hand written note into my hand with her secret weapon.
This Apple and Cinnamon Swirl Cake helped me survive many an Apres-Ski hangover and tired day on the slopes that week; and it's helped me through many a time after that too!

Moist, fruity, sweet, and spongy. 

You really cannot beat this bake with a steaming cup of English Breakfast tea!
It's one of my favourite secret weapons, cut it up for afternoon tea, or serve it warm with vanilla ice cream. Deeeeelicious!

To make your own you will need:
- 225g self raising flour
- 1 level tsp baking powder
- 225g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g butter, melted
- 350-450g cooking apples
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Demarara sugar for sprinkling
- (Sometimes it's tasty to add some sultanas for extra juicy nibbles)

Lightly grease and line a deep 20cm cake tin, loose bottomed or spring form.
Preheat your oven to 160C.
Peel your apples before coring and slicing into thin slices.

Measure out the self raising flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter into a large mixing bowl.

Mix and give it a good beating as it is quite a thick batter. 

Spoon half of the batter into your cake tin before layering half of the apples on top, piling them mostly towards the centre.

Spoon over the final half of batter, spreading across the apple as well as you can.
Finally, carefully layer the rest of the apple slices in a swirling pattern.
You can't beat a bit of delicate decoration!

Sprinkle with demarara sugar for a crunchy, golden topping.

Slide into the oven for about 1 1/2 hours, its quite difficult to know when it is cooked as it can still be very soft in the middle but very crunchy on top. So using a cocktail stick/skewer, keep on testing your cake until it is no longer molten in the middle. (You might need to cover the bake with some tin foil if it needs longer in the oven to stop the crunchy top burning).

Leave to cool and remove from your cake tin.
Mmmmmm just smell that apple-y, freshly baked bliss!

I served mine to the  family warm with some single cream, custard, and ice cream.
Perfect after a long day oft work, after a Sunday roast dinner, or just for a pick me up.
Flexible, scrummy, and a relatively healthy bake on the cake scale.

Have fun tucking into this delicious treat on either a cloudy winters day with creamy custard, or cold with ice cream on a sunny summers day.
It works for me any time, any day!

(Oh and Sally...I thank you! I owe you a life time for this winner of a recipe!)


  1. Wow this looks delish!

    I will definitely be visiting your bakery when you open it one day :)

    Caroline x

    1. A girl needs a dream! First cupcake on me! :)xx

  2. Cake for a hang over. You're a girl after my own heart!

    1. I love how you have caught onto the fact that this is my hangover cure when I didn't even mention it! Great minds think alike! xxx

  3. This looks insanely delicious, I love it. I will have to try this on my ski trip next year (although I'm sure I will try before as well aha)xx

    1. Are you doing a ski season? Its fab because its denseness means that it isn't affected by the altitude (crazy how it affects ovens!) xxx

  4. My goodness!!! That cakes looks totally divine, perfect for any hangover/bad day. Awesome action pic shots too :)
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