Traditional Dorset apple cake

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Learn how to make a traditional Dorset apple cake with Sue Quinn’s trusty recipe, inspired by a 1932 compendium of recipes compiled by a little-known British food writer.


- 2 cups self-raising flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

- 1/4 tsp ground allspice

- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 2 eggs

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 2 large apples, peeled and diced

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- Pinch of salt


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a 9-inch cake pan with olive oil.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then, mix in the vanilla extract.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until just combined.

5. Fold in the diced apples into the batter, making sure they are evenly distributed.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.

7. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the batter and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

8. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.

10. Serve and enjoy your delicious Traditional Dorset apple cake!

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