Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bramley Apple Cake



This is another recipe from my old recipe collection, its actually from a special recipe collection from Peoples Friend and magazine given to me by my Granny and so old is it the coupon for 10p off Banquet margarine ran out in December 1985, a 30 year old magazine but still loved and useful. I could really go high tech and scan the recipe but I have a fondness for the old adverts.
Plus I love the pounds and ounces, I will convert those for you who are using metric.


The apple cake itself is just so tasty, the Bramley cooking apples in the sponge make for a moist cake, I have tried eating apples it is too sweet and they mush up too much, the apples, cookers as we call them are perfect. 

Its an easy apple cake recipe,  flour and margerine rubbing in method, then all the remaining ingredients added a good stir and that is it.

If you make the apple cake try serving warmed as a pudding with cream or ice cream. Its heavenly.

I like to make two as the moment I make it a whole cake disappears very quickly. The below recipe is for one cake.

The apples seem way too much for the batter but it works really well. I have made this a few times but not all year round and I always forget if the weight of Bramley apples is prepared weight after chopping or not. 

I have discovered it makes not much difference to taste, there is just a lot more apple if they are peeled and cored etc first.


You will need.

8oz (200 g) self raising flour
pinch of salt
4 oz (100g) margerine or butter (cold from the fridge)
1lb (500g) of Bramley apples peeled cored and roughly chopped
4oz (100g) caster sugar
2 large eggs

Pre-heat the oven Gas 6, 400f, 200c or fan  180c, as they did not exist when the recipe was devised this is after experimenting 

Grease a round cake tin with removable base is best, if the tin is not non stick, I advise lining, though I never have.


Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Chop  the marg or butter into small pieces and scatter into the flour, rub in with the tips of your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.




Add the apple chunks, sugar and eggs all in, you need a good wooden spoon and a good stir to get the batter together it will seem like it won't happen at the beginning but it easily and quickly does.

Add into your tin, level off the top if needed. I do not it sorts itself out!

Bake for 45-60 minutes sorry this is not very precise, its my guess as the original recipe states 20-30 and its never worked in 


I also check after about 25 minutes and add foil to the top of the tin if the cake is golden but a skewer tells you its still stick. 

When a skewer comes out clean its done.


Remove from the tin and cool or if you are like us warm for that first slice, apply sweet and spongy, delicious!!




35 comments:

  1. This cake looks so delicious. I made something like this ages ago. What do you recommend to serve with it?

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    1. Well if it makes it as far as a pudding, thick clotted cream, I warm the cake in the microwave. A good custard if you like it?
      Thanks Mel xx

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  2. I've never seen or tried a cake like this before. It looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you, I am glad I hung onto the recipe for you.

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  3. This look delicious Jo. Healthy too.

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    1. Yes definitely 1 of your five a day in a slice, eat the whole cake and its even more healthy....hehe!!

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  4. Oh I haven't made apple cake in ages. I'm now starving hungry Jo - this looks delish!!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  5. This cake looks gorgeous! And it's reminded me that it's the time of year to dig out my little collection of old People's Friend and My Weekly specials from the 70s and 80s, as they tend to be packed with recipes for the sort of warming comfort foods that the colder months call for.

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    1. They are really good reads too, I love the old ads and seeing the brands that have disappeared.

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  6. I just might make this, this weekend if I have time. Looks so good and is dead easy! I have some cooking apples in the kitchen just waiting to be used.

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  7. This looks yummy! I know my dad would love this, I wonder if i could convert it to gluten free and cupcakes? Bookmarked for future testing :O) Thanks!

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    1. Yes I reckon you could, just chop the apple down a little smaller for cupcakes.

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  8. would love to try this yummmmm!

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  9. Great! I'm trying to find as many nice recipes to use apple as possible at the moment.

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    1. I love apple recipes too, glad this one appeals.

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  10. Oooh looks yum! A lovely treat for elevenses! xxx

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    1. Thank you its good for all the other hours too ;)

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  11. Read and saved this recipe earlier in the week. Went to Sainsbury's today and they had bags of Bramleys on offer at 2 for £2.50, so I bought some in anticipation of trying this out. My husband loves apple cakes/pies etc so it will be a nice treat for him.

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  12. looks so yummy. Were always looking for nice apple recipes we have 4 huge trees and end up with sacks full of apples

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    1. I am jealous of your apple trees, really need to plant one.

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  13. That looks wonderful. I know that my hubby would really love it.

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  14. Jo - following my earlier comment - I made the cake on Monday - we all had a slice warm for dessert on Monday (some of us with cream) and then we finished it up cold on Tuesday evening (there are 6 of us in the family, so not too bad). Everyone really enjoyed the cake - my personal preference was eating it cold.

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    1. Oh thanks for letting me know, glad you liked it. I like it cold best too!

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  15. great review looking forward to having a go after xmas

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  16. All your recipes look great!

    Ashleigh

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  17. Sounds delicious. We have an apple tree in our garden. :)

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  18. Looks amazing! Love the combination of apples and sponge. Bring on the custard!

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