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Dorset Apple Cake: a traditional recipe with crumble topping

Updated on December 28, 2015
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Imogen is from West Dorset, in the UK. She works in publishing and writes mainly about the environment, gardening, and vegetarian food.

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This recipe is a wonderful version of the traditional apple cake, and is a well used family recipe. It is a moist rich cake with a crunchy, crumbly topping that sets it apart from ordinary apple cakes. Made with the new season's locally grown cooking apples and served warm with clotted cream this apple cake is a delicious treat. You will find Dorset Apple Cake on the menu in many tea-rooms around the county, but not all will live up to this recipe!


Cake mixture

  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz castor sugar
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • cinnamon
  • 1 lb cooking apples

For the crumble topping

  • 4 oz plain flour
  • 3 oz sugar
  • 3 oz butter


Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and add them a bit at a time mixing them in thoroughly before adding the next bit. Sieve the flour into the bowl, add the cinnamon and the milk and beat the ingredients together until evenly mixed.

Mix the crumble ingredients together in a separate bowl, rubbing the butter into the flour and sugar with your fingertips, creating a fine loose crumble.

Peel and slice the apples and lay half of them in the bottom of a large cake tin, pour over the cake mixture, layer the other half of the apples on top then sprinkle the crumble on top of this.

Bake in a medium oven for about one hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top and firm to the touch.


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    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      It's that time of year again ...

    • Judi Bee profile image

      Judi Brown 

      7 years ago from UK

      Sounds perfect for autumn - will be trying it out, so bookmarking - voted up.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      This is a bookmark recipe.. yeah thanks :)

    • tamarindcandy profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome recipe. Makes me hungry already!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like the simplicity of this recipe. Something even the fearful could give a try. Thank you so much!

    • SanneL profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      This remains me so much of an apple cake my mum used to make. I remember it was so delicious!! And I remembered that I loved the crumble topping. Now when I have your recipe, I will make it myself.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Bookmarked and useful!


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      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Well I must say that this sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Voted up.

    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      7 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks for all your comments. yes missolive - it is pretty easy, but if you want to make it even simpler you can leave the crumble topping off and simply mix the apples in with the cake mixture.

    • AUPADHYAY profile image



      Nice hub. beautifully written a healthy and neutritious recipe. Appreciated as an awesome.

    • Expert Gardener profile image

      Expert Gardener 

      7 years ago

      This recipe is awesome. i will take it as my recipe for this week. thanks for sharing to HP.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      This sounds great and looks fairly easy! I always crave apples during the fall season.

      Useful! Voted up and sharing!


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