Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

  • 45 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Medium

This cake feels like a warm hug on a cold day. It is the perfect balance of flavours and a real family favourite.

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  1. Pre heat oven to 180˚C/Fan 160˚C/Gas 4. Grease and line a 30cm x 20cm baking tin.
  2. Place 250ml milk, dates and lemon rind in a saucepan, heat gently and simmer for 5-10 minutes until dates are soft. Cool slightly and then mash or whizz with a blender.
  3. Cut apples into quarters, then core and slice thinly, coat in lemon juice. In a large mixing bowl, place 250g butter, flour, 200g muscovado sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice, vanilla extract and date puree.
  4. Beat together cake ingredients until smooth, pour into baking tray and even out. Arrange apple slices in rows on top of cake.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in tray
  6. In a heavy based saucepan, heat together 150g sugar, 100g butter and 50ml milk and boil gently for 4-5 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, add vanilla extract. Cool slightly then drizzle half over cake.
  7. Serve remainder warm over cake.