Recipe: 50 mins Cranberry and Apple Spice Cake

Recipe Cranberry and Apple Spice Cake

Coffee and cake is a must in the Scullery - it's a time to take a break from whatever you're doing and sit down to enjoy an hour or two with friends or family. Cranberries, apples and spices make a quick and easy everyday cake highly suitable for afternoon tea.

 Cranberry and Apple Spice Cake

  • 2 ozs. S.R. flour
  • 2 ozs. wholemeal flour
  • 1 oz. stollen flour
  • 2 ozs. ground almonds
  • 1 teasp. baking powder
  • 1 teasp. mixed spice*
  • 4 ozs. butter
  • 4 ozs. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablesp. milk
  • 2 ozs. cranberries
  • 1 eating apple
* I used a spice mix I came across in the Czech Republic which included star anise - mixed spice works well.
  1. Line an 8 inch cake tin and heat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Sieve the first 6 ingredients together.
  3. Add the next 4 ingredients and whisk it all together with a hand whisk.
  4. Stir in the cranberries lightly.
  5. Put the mix into the tin and gently level the top.
  6. Arrange the sliced apple prettily on the top and sprinkle with a tablesp. of brown sugar.
  7. Cook for 40-45 mins.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin then transfer to a wire rack.
Recipe Cranberry and Apple Spice Cake

This cake is a favourite in the autumn when local apples are available everywhere.  The warm spice mix makes the kitchen smell of Christmas.

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The cake can be varied by using a ripe pear instead of apple or ginger instead of the cranberries.

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