Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 175g unsalted butter, softened

  2. 175g caster sugar

  3. 4 large eggs

  4. 75ml sour cream, plus extra to serve

  5. 125g ground almonds

  6. 115g plain flour

  7. 1tsp ground mixed spice

  8. 1tsp baking powder

  9. 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced

  10. 25g flaked almonds

  11. 1tbsp demerara sugar for sprinkling

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan ovens/gas 4 Grease a 20cm wide loose bottomed or spring-form cake tin, and line the base with baking paper. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and then beat in the sour cream. The mixture may look as though it is curdling but don't panic as the next stage will bring it back to a creamier texture. Stir in the almonds, flour, mixed spice and baking powder, and you should have a thick cake batter. Spoon half of the mixture into the prepared tin. Lay half of the apples on top and then spread the other half of the cake mixture on top of the apples. Arrange the remaining of the apples over the cake mixture, in a neat pattern, overlapping slightly. Finish off by scatter over flaked almonds and then the 1tbsp demerara sugar. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hr to 1 hr 10 mins, testing with a skewer after 1 hr. If it comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake, it is ready to come out of the oven. The top of the cake will be wonderfully golden, crispy and cracking slightly. Leave to cool in the tin for about 30 mins before removing from the tin. Serve the cake warm or cold, cut into wedges just as it is or with a spoonful of sour cream.


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