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Spiced toffee apple cake

The perfect combination of zingy apple tanginess cut through with a sticky toffee sauce makes this scrumptious spiced toffee apple cake. Local cream, butter and eggs will give your cake the ultimate velvety richness.

  • 30 minutes prep. time
  • 1 hour cooking time
  • Serves 12
  • Cakes, bakes & desserts
Spiced toffee apple cake
Indulge in a slice of this tasty spiced toffee apple cake | © National Trust Images/William Shaw


  • 200g pitted dates
  • 200ml milk
  • ½​ a lemon
  • 2 apples
  • 250g butter or margarine
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 10g ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10g icing sugar

For the toffee sauce

  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbsp double cream


Top tip

To prevent the apple slices from over-browning you can gently place a disc of parchment paper over the top of the cake after 40 minutes of baking.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan/gas mark 4). Grease and line a 23cm springform tin.

Step 2

Put the dates into a saucepan with the milk, place on a medium heat and bring to the boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer and cook for 2–3 minutes until the dates are soft, then remove from the heat.

Step 3

Use a blender or food processor to blend the dates and milk until smooth, then set aside.

Step 4

Juice half a lemon, then put the juice in a bowl. Quarter the apples, remove the core, then finely slice. Put the apple slices in the bowl with the lemon juice and toss to coat.

Step 5

Place the butter or margarine, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice and vanilla extract into a bowl.

Step 6

Add the pureed date mixture, then beat until light and fluffy.

Step 7

Pour the mixture into the cake tin. Arrange the apple slices on the top, neatly overlapping them.

Step 8

Put the cake into the oven and cook for 1 hour–1 hour 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove and set aside to cool.

Step 9

Dust the cooled cake with icing sugar.

Step 10

For the toffee sauce

Place the light brown sugar, butter and double cream in a pan over a medium heat. Once melted, increase the heat and boil for around 1 minute, until the sauce thickens slightly.

Step 11

Drizzle the sauce over the cake, allowing some to run down the sides.

Step 12

Leave until cool, then cut into portions.

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