South African Apple Cake

Ingredients (serves 8):

110g plain flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt 4 large South African apples
2 large eggs, at room temperature
150g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 115g butter, melted and cooled to room
Whipped cream or crème fraiche, to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Adjust the oven shelf to the centre of the oven. Grease and line a 20cm round loose-based cake tin. 2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. 4. Peel and core the apples, then dice them into 3cm pieces. 5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy then whisk in the sugar, then add the vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, and then gently stir in half of the melted butter. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, then the rest of the butter. 6. Fold in the apple cubes until they’re well-coated with the batter. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and smooth the top a little. 7. Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes, or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Remove the lining paper, then serve with whipped cream or creme fraiche.


Cook’s tip: This recipe also works beautifully with South African pears.