Eggless Dorset Apple Cake (perfect with Custard or Ice Cream

8 servings


25 minutes

active time

1 hour 5 minutes

total time


240 g (8.5 oz) self raising flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp mixed spice or Pumpkin Spice

120 g (4.2 oz) salted butter, at room temperature

120 g (4.2 oz) soft light brown sugar

300 g (10.5 oz) Bramley apples (peeled, cored weight), about 2 large ones

80 g (1/3 cup) buttermilk or natural yoghurt

3 Tbsp demerara sugar

Custard (clotted cream or ice cream)


Heat the oven to 180c„ƒ (160c„ƒ Fan/350f).

Grease and line a 20cm (8in) baking tin.

Chop up the apples into roughly 2.5cm (1in) cubes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice.

Add the soft butter, and using your fingertips, lightly mix in the butter and the flour mix until you get a coarse, wet sand sort of mixture. Like making a crumble. If you prefer, you could do this part in a food processor, then transfer everything into the bowl to move on to the next step.

Stir in the sugar with a wooden spoon.

Toss in the apples and lightly mix with the wooden spoon.

Slowly add the buttermilk and stir to mix thoroughly.

Tip into your prepared cake tin and sprinkle the demerara sugar all over.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Eggless cakes always need a little longer than you think.

Serve as suggested. Will keep for 3-4 days, stored in an airtight container.

Alternative: pour batter into 12 cupcake tin and bake for 35 minutes


Serving Size



310.32 kcal

Total Fat

12.61 g

Saturated Fat

7.82 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





132.94 mg

Total Carbohydrate

46.66 g

Dietary Fiber

1.72 g

Total Sugars

22.32 g


3.68 g

8 servings


25 minutes

active time

1 hour 5 minutes

total time
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