Waikato Home & Garden Show 2022

17-20 Feb, Thu: 10am-6pm Fri: 10am-9pm Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun 10am–5pm, Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton

Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake

A friend makes this cake with no sugar and leaves the skin on the apples – but you might like to experiment first with less sugar...

This cake can make it in the tin in which you bake it!


125 g butter
3 cups grated peeled apple
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1 cup sultanas
½ cup chopped walnuts



Butter generously the inside of a 25 cm cake tin. If you are careful with the mixing, a loose-bottomed tin will do. Melt the butter and let it cool. Peel and grate the apples by hand or you can grate them in a food processor.

Put them in the bottom of the greased tin and sprinkle the brown sugar over them. Then place the cooled butter on top. Mix well with a fork. Add egg. Mix well. Sift in flour, soda, spices and salt. Stir again. Add dried fruit and nuts. Bake at 180 deg C for 45 – 60 minutes. Test with a knife and if it doesn’t come out clean – cook a little longer.

Note: this cake also proves to be a popular and easy dessert. Just serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Leftovers the next day taste just as good.