Killerton cider and apple cake

Killerton boasts 50 acres of traditionally managed orchard with over 100 varieties of apple tree. To celebrate the seasonal and National Apple Day we've created a delicious cake recipe for you to try making at home. You can buy the flour and cider in the shop at Killerton.

Cakes and bakes
A National Trust logo made out of apples harvested at Killerton
  • Preparation time 30 (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 45 (cooking time)
  • Serves 8


1 large cooking apple, peeled and chopped
50g (2oz) sultanas
Scant 150ml (1/4 pint) Killerton Cider
110g (4oz) butter
110g (4oz) soft brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
225g (8oz) Clyston mill flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
1 tablespoon Demerara sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4.
  2. Grease or line with baking paper a 20cm (8in) cake tin.
  3. Soak the chopped apples and sultanas in the Killerton cider.
  4. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Gradually beat in the eggs, little by little.
  6. Sift together all the dry ingredients and fold into the mixture together with lemon rind.
  7. Add the soaked fruit and Killerton cider and gently mix in.
  8. Spoon into the prepared tin, scatter the Demerara sugar over the top and bake for 45-60 minutes.