Dorset Apple Cake | The Worktop

Dorset Apple Cake -- Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh apples are the star ingredient in this Dorset Apple Cake. You'll find fresh apples inside and on top of this old fashioned apple cake! It looks stunning, but you'll be surprised that this is an easy apple cake recipe. Make this fresh apple cake with easy to follow recipe.
Course Breads and Muffins, Cake, Fruits and Yogurts
Cuisine British
Keyword Dorset Apple Cake
Special Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices (1x 8-inch cake)
Calories 297kcal
Author The Worktop


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (replace half with whole wheat flour for a more rustic cake)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 pounds cooking apples (or about 3 large apples) - peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch (2-cm) pieces (I used a mix of Bramley and Granny Smith)
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (demerara sugar)
  • powdered sugar (icing sugar) (for finishing)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line the bottom of an 8-inch (20-cm) x 3-inch tall springform pan with parchment paper and lightly oil the sides of the pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and lighter in color, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  • Add two-thirds of the batter into the prepared pan, and using a spatula, spread the batter until it's even. Evenly layer on half of the apple pieces. Add in the remaining batter, and using a spatula, carefully spread the batter until it's even. Evenly layer on the remaining apples. Evenly sprinkle the demerara sugar over the apples. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing the cake and transferring it to a cooling rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar once the cake has cooled.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.6mg