Lillian’s Apple Cake

Lillian's Apple Cake - my childhood favourite! Fab Food 4 All

I don’t know who Lillian was but my mother has been baking this yummy Danish cake for as long as I can remember. Fresh apple slices and cinnamon are complemented by a divine nutty topping which gets toasted whilst baking. My family loved this cake which I baked for the first time today! Serve with a cup of tea or as a dessert with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Lillian's Apple Cake
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This apple cake is a breeze to make and simply delicious.
Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Serves: 8-10
  • 150g / 6oz plain flour
  • 150g / 6oz butter or margarine
  • 75g / 3oz soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into slim slithers
  • 25g / 1oz almonds, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Butter and flour a 21cm baking tin then sprinkle on the chopped almonds.
  3. Mix the butter or margarine well with the sugar in a cake mixer until creamy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time. (Don’t worry if the mix splits).
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder together and gradually add to the mixture.
  6. Finally fold in the apple slithers and cinnamon.
  7. Tip mix into the prepared baking tin, firming the mixture into the edge.
  8. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 35 minutes or until centre springs back to touch.
Will keep fresh for at least 3 days in an airtight container.


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  1. naleśniki

    Love this cake… The flavor is yummy, smells so good!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, glad you like it-)

  2. Paul Wilson

    Plenty of apples atm.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, my favourite cake of all time:-)

  3. ashleigh allan

    This sounds delicious!

  4. Ursula Hunt

    This cake tastes delicious and keeps well

    1. Camilla

      Yes it’s so good, glad you enjoyed it:-)

  5. William Gould

    Wow – it looks and sounds fab! One of my favourites!

  6. Ann Robinson

    Another great looking dish

  7. Bev

    Sounds scrummy!

  8. Ursula Hunt

    I love apple cake, thank you for the recipe

  9. Maya Russell

    Never know when to use dessert or cooking apples!

    1. Camilla

      Well cooking apples need a lot of sugar and can turn to mush and dessert apples are best for things like French Tarts or cakes where you want the apple to keep its shape and look good and remain firm.

  10. Helen Allan

    This looks divine. Apple and cinnamon is always a winner in our house. Can’t wait to try this,

  11. Maya Russell

    I have some lovely cooking apples which need using up and I’ve been looking for an easy apple cake recipe. Many thanks.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh you need dessert apples for this cake, cookers would be too sour.

  12. Paul Wilson

    When I’ve tried to make apple cake it always seems to be excessively soggy.

    1. Camilla

      Are you soaking the apples in water?

      1. Paul Wilson

        Is that something I should do or should avoid doing?

        1. Camilla

          If you mean making the cake then 100% yes, a favourite of mine!

          1. Paul Wilson

            Should I avoid soaking the apples in water? Presumably that’s not the same as washing them beforehand?

          2. Camilla

            No, definitely no soaking of apples!

  13. Lisa Williams

    delicious you cant beat a good apple and cinnamon hit when it gets colder 🙂

  14. Heather Haigh

    I made this using rice flour and ground almonds for the flour, as I am gluten intolerant, and it was really lovely.

    1. Camilla

      Great, glad you enjoyed it:-)

  15. Tracy Nixon

    This is my dad’s favourite pud served wwarm with either cream or custard! As it is his birthday over the weekend I am going to follow you recipe and present him with Apple pie! I think he would prefer that to a birthday cake!

  16. Ceri Sell

    Looks yum! Might make this with the kids this afternoon 🙂

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