Apple and Cinnamon Cake

It would appear that your beloved FrugalFeeding has entered yet another period of furious cake baking. This is a good thing not only because the vast majority of food bloggers find cake irresistible, but also because dealing with my entire Mexican series at once may have hospitalised any number of my faithful readers. However, the act of obscene fabrication aside, it must be said that apple and cinnamon make a truly exquisite combination. When experienced in tandem, they succeed in transporting me directly back to my mother’s apple crumble and my grandmother’s apple pie. So, to be able to take a jolly sizeable bite out of a cake that tastes exactly of those formerly mentioned is, to say the least, most novel. Though, I’m sure that my grandmother would have much preferred the good ol’ fashioned way of experiencing such delicious flavours.

Of course, as is the effect of any fruit on the constitution of cake, the apples found within succeed in altering far more than simply the flavour. You see, the relatively vast quantity of water found in apples is released during the cooking process. This has the joint effect of producing a moister, denser cake and allows the flavour to permeate its entirety. As such, if you find yourself, for whatever reason, a little prone to the experience of a dry sponge, look no further. Unless you are either and abysmal human being or a downright appalling cook, there is absolutely and categorically no way of making a desert out of this delight.

One of the most enjoyable things about making this cake was that I came up with the recipe entirely by myself. Usually, I would garner  tips and a rough idea of quantity from elsewhere when attempting such a thing, but I do feel myself becoming far more confident in such things. I’m not saying this in order to blow my own trumpet, or to have my own trumpet blown by others; such words come by way of encouragement. If a feckless, young upstart like myself can bake such cakes without a recipe, then so can you – I expect to see all manner of interesting cakes spring up all over the internet. If only my influence was that great.

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

Makes one 9” cake


• 200g self-raising flour

• 100g dark brown muscovado sugar

• 50g granulated or caster sugar

• 200g butter

• 3 eggs

• 2 tsp cinnamon

• 3 apples

• A pinch of salt


1. Heat the oven to 180C. Cream together the butter and sugars, add 1 ½ tsp of cinnamon half way through this process. Beat in the eggs one at a time until combined. Grate two of the apples, do not remove skin, pips or core. Tip the grated apple into the batter, mix and then fold in the flour and a pinch of salt.

2. Pour this batter into a greased 9” springform pan. Level it off and use the remaining apple to decorate it as depicted. Mix together the remaining cinnamon with roughly 1 tbsp of sugar and sprinkle generously over the top of the cake. Bake for an hour and a half, or until golden brown and set. A knife, when inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean.

3. Leave the cake to cool a little before turning it out. It is more easily sliced when cooled completely, though waiting that long may not prove possible.

Cost: The basic ingredients of mot cake tend to be relatively cheap and it is only really the apples that increase its price a little. Still, the entire cake should cost you roughly £2.70, which ain’t half bad.

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98 comments on “Apple and Cinnamon Cake

  1. thecompletecookbook
    May 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    A must try recipe – lovely, can almost smell it.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    May 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Yum. Used to make similar when my kids were little. Nothing beats apple and cinnamon in cakes, pies, whatever. Great recipe Frugal.

  3. thelittleloaf
    May 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Nothing wrong with a period of cake baking…in fact there’s everything right with it! 🙂

  4. Somer
    May 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Feckless and ain’t in the same post indeed! I like you more and more frugal! Ha Ha! Delicious looking cake! Congrats on putting it together without a book. We love apple cake around here!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Haha, I’m glad you approve, Somer! Thanks! To be honest I follow recipes only very rarely anyway.

  5. the Jilb
    May 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love baking, and this cake looks wonderful! Love cinnamon and apples together. Mmmm….

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Doesn’t everyone? 😀 They work so well, don’t they?

  6. veggie4ayear
    May 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Looks awesome! I might have to try and make a vegan version of it

  7. Inge
    May 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Tempted…so tempted!
    Definitely I’m gonna try this one! Thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂

  8. qs1998
    May 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Sweet, Salty 'N Sour and commented:
    Looks delicious! Also, I find this is great if you have too many bruised apples that no one is going to eat.

  9. homemadeadventure
    May 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I love apple cakes… this looks great!

  10. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    May 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    This sounds delicious! Nice and moist 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks! yes, it was very moist – probably its best attribute.

  11. otownmommy
    May 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    this looks divine! I know what you mean by going on a baking spree, I feel like i have been doing that myself lately- thanks for posting this wonderful recipe

  12. Sammie
    May 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Wow! Great job on coming up with your own recipe!! Definitely feels like a grand accomplishment, especially when it turns out so delicious right?? 🙂 I bet this was so good it would be left with no crumbs!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks, Sammie!Yes, I was very pleased and having done the recipe myself makes it all the better.

  13. chefconnie
    May 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    OOO… wonder if I can adjust this recipe for 80 servings? I have a whole case of granny smith apples.

  14. Shira
    May 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    This looks moist, yummy, and so nostalgic too! Very impressive my friend that you can now just whip up a cake recipe… Honestly amazing!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks, Shira. I do get a sense of nostalgia when I eat it. 😀

  15. Conor Bofin
    May 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Another beauty.

    ps: NO WordPress, don’t ” Notify me of follow-up comments via email.”

  16. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    May 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Beautiful cake! I agree completely – apple and cinnamon is one of those magical combinations. Clever you to come up with it all on your own, although do you really think your baking frenzy is going have less impact on your readers than the Mexican one did? 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks, Celia! Isn’t it fantastic? I’m loving my apple at the moment. Haha, we’ll see. Let’s decide that one at the end of next week when they’ve both had a full effect 😀

  17. thekalechronicles
    May 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    And you wanted the pips in this, why? They are poisonous and bitter — how could they help a cake?

    • frugalfeeding
      May 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Well, they, like potatoes, aren’t poisonous when cooked and they are so small and tiny that it’s impossible to notice them at all – this all means that to leave them out would just be a waste and take longer than necessary… I didn’t want them in it, I just didn’t really care that they were.

  18. hannahsimplyreal
    May 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    You’re very good at food photography! Looks yummy!

  19. Just A Smidgen
    May 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I’m so impressed you’ve created this one on your own.. I haven’t the courage or experience yet. I hope some day I can bake with just “a little of this and a handful or scoop of that”! This is one of my favs.. yes.. warm out of the oven, that is!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks, Smidge! I’m sure you already have the experience – I’ve not been baking for that long at all… You make exquisite cake.

  20. meetyourtreat
    May 18, 2012 at 2:37 am

    You sound like a proud papa! That’s all baking is, wondering what would happen if you mixed this with that and then finding out, nice job!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Haha – I am, I am. Well, there is a science to it, I wasn’t taking much of a risk with this one though.

  21. baconbiscuit212
    May 18, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Very nice. My mother makes an apple cake too, but she doesn’t arrange the apples as prettily as you do. Shhhh! Don’t tell her I said yours looks better! Secret from Mom!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks! I shan’t tell her. I only did that for the purposes of bloggery.

  22. Cara
    May 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Wait, you play the trumpet? I thought you played the viola 😉
    Beautiful cake, Nick. Bravo.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Haha, I can’t bring myself to go too far with this one. Thanks, Cara!

  23. Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious)
    May 18, 2012 at 4:57 am

    This cake looks irresistible! I could really use a slice for breakfast!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks! I have plenty left for my breakfasts 😀

  24. Korena in the Kitchen
    May 18, 2012 at 5:40 am

    No recipe?! That’s impressive, and it looks great! You’re right, there is nothing quite like apples and cinnamon… I bet this would be even better with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Korena. I was so happy with it. Oh yes, that sounds really great.

  25. Anna's Appetite
    May 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Looks delicious and the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery regardless of where you are! Thanks for the recipe! Definitely will be trying this out at home!

  26. The PaperCup Kitchen
    May 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Oh please let me have some of this!!!!! 🙂

  27. whilehewasout
    May 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I love love love apple cakes and this one looks delicious!

  28. mixmakegrow
    May 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Cake looks wonderful! And very impressive coming up with it on your own — few things are more exciting than the success of a homemade recipe 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks! I completely agree, makes one so happy.

  29. NickkiT
    May 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    mmmmmmm, that cake looks so good. There is something about this cake that is so old fashioned and comforting, perfect for banishing rainy day blues!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks! It was fantastic. It is certainly comforting.

  30. Smedette
    May 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m willing to experiment when it comes to cooking, but baking is a different kind of alchemy – I’m envious of you coming up with your own recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks! It’s not so difficult, you just need to be a little cautious. It wasn’t really an experiment.

  31. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    You make such great cakes.

  32. emmycooks
    May 19, 2012 at 5:52 am

    You are so brave! I would never bake a cake without a recipe. So I’m glad to have yours now, it looks great! 🙂

  33. Heather
    May 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I love how the whole bottom of the cake looks to be a bit caramelized – nicely done!

  34. Karista
    May 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Oh how I love apple cake and yours is just beautiful! I love the self rise flour in the recipe. I keep self rise flour in the pantry for cobblers and such but never thought of using it in a cake. Brilliant!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks! Really?! It’ what most people use over here – it’s simply plain flour with a raising agent added, it’s just as good to use it! Most of my cakes contain it.

      • Karista
        May 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        I’m definitely going to add that to my list of pantry items! Makes baking so much easier and the pantry less tight on space. Of course we Americans just have to make things more difficult! Haha!

        • frugalfeeding
          May 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          You should – it definitely leaves less room for error. I do have both of course, but self raising is so bloody convenient.

  35. katonasoapbox
    May 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    This recipe makes a simply fabulous cake, which tastes even better than it looks, and that’s saying something because it looks divine! It’s packed full of flavour and the grated apple lends it a delightful moistness. This is a proper cake, a slice of which one might be served in a traditional British teashop where the waitresses wear white pinnies and there are doilies on the tables 🙂

  36. bonfood
    May 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    It looks truly lovely Mr frugal. I am loving the 200 grams of butter the recipe calls for. I approve, I think you have nailed this recipe. I have been going through an exuberant cake baking stage also. It is so satisfying making something that is not a food neccesity – breakfast/lunch/dinner!.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks! Haha, it was a lovely addition :). Thanks – it was really satisfying.

  37. Villy
    May 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Ohhh, it looks delicious! I would love a piece now with my coffee… Sigh.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Villy! Mmmm yes – in fact I shall have some coffee 🙂

  38. cakeboule
    May 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    See you have influence – look at all the comments – enough said!

  39. Liz Tesar
    May 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    YUMMM! I want some of this now!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Then you ought to make it, Liz. You wouldn’t regret it 😀

  40. bekastays
    May 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This looks amazing! I want to make it tonight for breakfast tomorrow morning! Great recipe – thanks for sharing!

  41. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    June 2, 2012 at 2:00 am

    cannot wait to rry this original recipe- apples and cinnamon transport me to a heavenly place

    • frugalfeeding
      June 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I hope you do. They work so well together 😀

  42. weweremeanttosparkle
    June 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    So yummy, I love apples+cinnamon!

  43. Ashlee LaFriend
    June 17, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Just cooked this beauty and it smells and tastes absolutely divine 🙂 worked perfectly. I only had 3 very small apples, so I added a small pear.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Awesome! Glad you liked it! Life is all about substituting 😀

  44. Diane Marie Haller
    November 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! I have been searching for some new apple recipes and found it. I featured it, along with some other apple recipes, ( on my blog today. I can’t wait to try it!

    Blessings! Diane from My Life as Robin’s Wife.

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