Ickworth's Suffolk Apple Cake
Suffolk is well known for its fruit growing- especially apples. At Ickworth we historically had over 200 varieties of apple planted in the walled garden. Try our recipe for yourself.
Apples Cooking 500g
Caster Sugar 75g
Self raising Flour 300g
Soft Brown Light Sugar 300g
Free range eggs 6 each
Ground Cinnamon 2g
Ground Mixed Spice 2g
Apples Eating 150g
Pre heat the oven to 165c , Grease and line 1x20cm cake tin, Eggs should be at room temperature for this recipe.
1. Peel and slice the cooking apples into eighths and mix with 50g of the caster sugar. Cook in a pan over a medium heat until soft but still whole. Leave to cool.
2. Chop the cooked apples roughly into 2cm dice and combine with the flour and spices in a large mixing bowl.
3. Meanwhile combine 300g of the cooking margerine and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer and beat at a medium speed until very pale and fluffy.
4. Beat the eggs together and with the mixer still running, slowly combine the eggs with the mixture.
5. Fold the apple/flour mix into the mix and pour into the cake tin.
6. Peel and slice the eating apples into 12 pieces and caramelise them in a pan over a medium heat using a little butter and sugar.
7. Combine the oats, rest of the cooking margerine and sugar to form a crumble mixture.
8. Decorate the top of each cake with 12 slices of apple (one per slice of cake) and a little of the crumble mixture.
9. Bake in the oven for 45mins or until a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes away clean. Cool on baking racks.