Old Fashioned Apple Cake

We are very lucky to have some old apple trees on our property. Every year we preserve them, chomp and cook with them and in between, we buy our apples from our local apple and pear area Harcourt. We are pretty blessed around Central Victoria to have such beautiful apples and this cake is a great tribute to the delicious fruit.


  • 185 gm Butter or dairy-free substitute
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (190 gms) of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar (95 gm) of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon of rum
  • 1 tablespoon of hot water
  • 4 large apples cored and sliced
  • 40 gm of almonds chopped
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar


Heat oven to 180 degrees (165 degrees fan-forced). Line a 24 inch springform tin with baking paper.

Beat butter and add eggs, one at a time. Slowly add the sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, rum and water until very smooth. Fold in sifted flour and baking powder until well combined then pour into the pan.

Placed cored and sliced apple on top of the cake and gently press into the cake. Sprinkle over almonds and brown sugar and bake for approximately 1 hour. Serve cake with whipped cream with a teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Serve warm for a dessert or cool as a cake.