Spiced Apple Cake with Oaty Crumble Topping


The other  day my Mum dropped over with a  very large bag of very ugly apples for me, straight from the orchard. In a classic case of don't judge a book by it's cover, the apples turned out to be fabulous, especially when with a little bit of love they were turned into a Spiced Apple Cake with Oaty Crumble Topping. New Zealand is in the grip of winter at the moment, and even 'tropical' Auckland where we live was just 3 degrees this morning (32˚F), consequently this cake was just the ticket for afternoon tea (and I must confess, also dessert tonight), lightly warmed with a bit of cinnamon whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream...If you are new to my blog, or a regular visitor, I would love to hear from you! Either leave a comment or come and say 'hi' at my Facebook page!

200g butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups self raising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup whole milk
3 large green apples, peeld, cored, halved and thinly sliced

Line the base and sides of  a 25cm tin and preheat the oven to 170˚C (335˚F). Beat the butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy. One by one mix in the eggs and vanilla until well combined. Sift the flour and spices together, then fold half into the butter and sugar mixture, stir in the milk, then add the remaining flour. The mixture will be quite stiff but that's fine - lastly, fold through the apples. Plop it all into the prepared baking tin and top with Oaty Crumble. Bake at 170˚C (335˚F) for 60 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 150˚C (300˚F) and bake a further 30 minutes. Cool a little in the tin before removing and serving with whipped cinnamon cream or vanilla bean ice cream.

Oaty Crumble
80g butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
4 tbsp flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together well, until soft and crumbly.


  1. OMG, that looks sooooo delicious!! I will certainly make it tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe and fantastic photos.

    1. Haha - you're very welcome - I hope you enjoyed it! :)