Sussex Apple Cake

Our Local cake at the moment is Sussex Apple Cake. This is our regional speciality which was originally made with a variety of apples known as Sussex Forge, or also known as “Cottagers Apple”. These apples were widely grown in and around North Sussex and Surrey in the 19th Century, and can still be found around East Grinstead.

Cakes and bakes
Sussex Apple Cake
  • Preparation time 20 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 75-90 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves Makes one 9" Cake


  • 225g Softened butter
  • 225g dark brown soft sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150g chopped walnuts
  • 150g sultanas or raisins
  • 225g Wholemeal self raising flour
  • 400g cooking apples peeled, cored, grated
  • ½ tsp ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 180'c/350f/Gas 4
  2. Grease and line 9” loose bottomed tin.
  3. Beat butter and 175g of sugar together until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and beat.
  5. Fold in 100g chopped walnuts, the sultanas and the flour mixing well so well distributed
  6. Put half the mixture in the tin.
  7. Mix together the apples and cloves and spread over the layer of cake mixture
  8. Spread the remaining cake mixture on top and smooth with a palette knife
  9. Mix together the remaining 50g sugar and 50g walnuts and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake.
  10. Bake 1 ¼-1 ½ hours until the top is caramelised but not too brown
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin.
  12. Once cooled, serve as is or finish with icing drizzled on top.