Make Ahead

Spiced apple fudge cake

September 18, 2018
Photo by Jayne Pearson
Author Notes

I developed this recipe when I was working in the French Alps in the 1980s and it was always a firm favourite with our chalet guests. At high altitudes, cake batters can behave in unpredictable ways and this was one of my most reliable recipes. The combination of crunchy caramelised walnuts, softly sweet apples and fudgy centre is irresistable. Serve warm for dessert with cream or ice cream on the side, or in the traditional Yorkshire way, cold with a piece of strong cheese and a cup of tea as an afternoon pick-me-up on a cold day.

The acid in the yoghurt helps to boost the reaction of the raising agents, so don't be tempted to leave it out. If you don't have yoghurt to hand, just replace with the same quantity of milk and a teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. —Jayne Pearson

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Serves 10
  • 6 ounces butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 ounces brown sugar (soft or Demerara)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon natural or vanilla yoghurt
  • 2 eating apples, peeled, cored, each cut into 8 wedges, then sliced
  • 1 cup sultanas or raisins
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Demerara sugar
In This Recipe
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and base-line an 8 – 9 inch cake tin.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the softened butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs one at a time – if the mixture curdles, add a little flour before whisking in the next egg.
  4. Sieve the flours, baking powder and spice into the mix and fold in gently with a spatula or metal spoon.
  5. Add the yoghurt, together with the sliced apples and sultanas, and fold in until evenly mixed.
  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and smooth the top, then scatter over the walnuts and sprinkle with the Demerara sugar.
  7. Bake for approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes. When the cake is ready, it will just fractionally pull away from the edges of the tin. Check after one hour - if the top is becoming too dark, cover loosely with a piece of foil, then return to the oven until baked.

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