Simple Wholemeal Apple Cake

Simple wholemeal apple cake - easy to make, moist wholemeal cake filled with fresh apple and spices

As much as I enjoy making towering, intricately decorated layer cakes, the cakes that I most enjoy eating, and crave most often, are generally a far simpler affair. The kind of cakes that aren’t too pretty to look at, but you feel much less guilty about eating a massive wodge of for a mid-morning snack. I had been craving apple cake for a couple of weeks and when the tree in the garden yielded a few ready-to-pick apples that weren’t great for eating fresh, but were good for cooking with, I finally got round to satisfying the craving with this simple wholemeal apple cake.

Simple, easy to make, wholemeal spiced apple cake

This is a moist cake filled with chunks of fresh, tangy apple; the wholemeal flour gives it a hearty texture and the demarera sugar on top lends a nice crunch. It is very easy to make, only uses one bowl and there is no need to use an electric mixer; the butter is rubbed into the dry ingredients, as if you were making pastry, then the rest of the ingredients are simply stirred in with a spatula. It keeps well in an airtight container (though only lasted two days in our house) and makes a lovely snack, or even breakfast. To make it a little more indulgent it could be served warm with custard or cream, though I like it best as is, with a big mug of tea.

Easy apple coffee cake made with wholemeal flour, fresh apple and spicesRecipe for a simple wholemeal spiced apple snack cake

Simple Wholemeal Apple Cake
serves 6
  • 350g (unprepared weight) (12oz/3 medium) sharp eating apples such as cox
  • 225g (8oz) self-raising wholemeal flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 115g (1 stick) butter, firm but not fridge cold, cubed
  • 115g (2/3 cup) light brown soft sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 110ml (1/3 + ⅛ cup) milk, more if needed
  • 1½ tbsp demarera sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease an 18cm/7in round deep cake tin and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Peel, core and dice the apples, set aside. Mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon and mixed spice in a large bowl;add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles course sand and no chunks of butter remain.
  3. Stir in the sugar, then the apples. Mix in the egg followed by the milk. The mixture should be quite stiff but if it seems dry add a little more milk until it reaches a reluctant dropping consistency.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level. bake for about 1 hour, but start checking for doneness after 45 minutes; it should be firm and a skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean. Cover loosely with foil partway through baking if the top begins to darken too much.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately sprinkle with demarera sugar. leave to cool in the tin for half an hour or so then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Easy, one bowl wholemeal spiced apple snack cakeEasy, one-bowl wholemeal spiced apple coffee cake

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5 Comments on Simple Wholemeal Apple Cake

  1. Miranda
    October 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm (4 days ago)

    Using wholemeal flour is such an interesting idea, I’ll definitely have to try it out! The cake sounds so delicious!

    • hannahhossack
      October 19, 2016 at 11:02 am (3 days ago)

      Thank you! The wholemeal flour makes the cake feel like more of a legitimate snack rather than an indulgent cake (so you can have two slices 😛 )

  2. Vivabop
    October 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm (3 days ago)

    This looks like such yummy comfort food, I am practically drooling after looking at all your beautiful images. I have a friend with an abundance of cooking apples from the trees in her garden, so I am thinking that this might be the recipe to use some of them up!

  3. Christina Nifong
    October 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm (1 day ago)

    Just made a very similar apple cake last night. Love the whole grains in this one. Will have to give it a go!


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