Toffee Apple Cake


  • 175g butter (softened)
  • 175g brown sugar plus extra for topping
  • 260g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Vanilla essence/extract
  • 2 apples (Cox’s are best) (slice one for the topping and peel and grate the other)
  • Handful of chunks of dairy fudge
  • Raisins/sultanas
  • Lemon (grate the zest, and reserve juice)
  • 1tsp Allspice


Preheat the oven to about 160°C

Mix the flour,  sugar, butter and eggs with some vanilla extract/essence and the fudge, raisins/sultanas, grated apple, allspice, and most of the lemon zest (reserve some for the topping).

Spread into a cake tin (grease if they’re not silicon).

Top with the sliced apple, remainder of the zest, and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar.

Bake for about 40mins  (but remember to keep checking). When you think it might be done poke a fork into the middle; if it comes out clean of cake mixture, it’s about done (but there’s no substitute for common sens and a trained eye!).

When the cake is cooked, allow to cool for a few minutes before attempting to remove from the tin (particularly if its a loose-bottom tin, they’re lethal).

It’s fine to eat as it is (particularly still hot from the oven), but it’s also nice with some rum or brandy cream…

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