Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake
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Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

New Year, New Comfort Food

Is it just me or is January a little sad? The fun of Christmas is over and it’s a loooong time till the next holiday. But January is a time for preparing for a whole new year. So this post is all about the year ahead for The Daisy Cake Cookbook whilst enjoying some comforting Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake.

Seasonal Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

Just before Christmas I tried my hand at some video blog posts, with Brownie Christmas Trees and a Festive Yule Log. They still need a bit of refining, but I loved the idea of being able to talk you through some of my best recipes. I have bought a couple of bits of kit that should make things better, and have a HUGE, and I mean very very long list of things to film.

Planning for 2019

I’ve got a shiny new diary and have started to schedule lots of posts. My head is quite frankly buzzing with lots of ideas….so a few things coming to The Daisy Cake Cookbook include Classic Bakes and Frostings, How to Decorate like a Pro, Seasonal Treats and Old Fashioned British Bakes – that one is something I’m most excited about.

So, most people know about the classics like Victoria Sandwich and Eton Mess, but have you heard of Bedfordshire Clangers, Maids of Honour Tarts and Malvern Pudding? Well, I have been doing some research and have found some amazing recipes. Some are long forgotten, some are regional, but all look scrummy and I’m going to give them a go.

I’m also excited to video a few great hints and tips for decorating your cakes. When we had the Cake Shop we would always get people popping in to ask advice on the cakes they were making. So I know there are some of you out there that have decorating questions. Questions like:

How do I make my cakes look more professional?

How do I stop them going lumpy under the fondant?

How do I stop a cake of more than one tier from falling over?

If you have any other questions, please just ask!!

Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

Seasonal Treats

Onto the Seasonal side of things, let’s get down to the nitty gritty straight away. This week we had the mother of all Monday mornings. It was the first Monday of the New Year. Many schools went back, many people went back to work, and let’s face it, it wasn’t a happy day!

Scrummy Cinnamon Apple Cake

Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

A great traybake with a light apple sponge and crunchy cinnmon topping

Course Dessert, Snack, treat
Cuisine English
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 portions
Calories 295 kcal


Sponge Base

  • 225 gms Plain Flour
  • 0.5 tspn Salt
  • 1.5 tspn Baking powder
  • 75 gms Butter or Baking Spread
  • 75 gms Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg Free Range
  • 140 ml Milk
  • 1 Apple Chopped Approx 125gms

Cinnamon Crunchy Topping

  • 25 gms Plain Flour
  • 50 gms Granulated Sugar
  • 0.5 tspn Cinnamon
  • 35 gms Cold Butter or Baking Spread


  1. Preheat the oven to 190c, 170c fan, Gas Mark 5, 275f

  2. Grease and line an 8″ Brownie tin

  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt and baking powder

  4. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs

  5. Mix through the sugar

  6. Beat the egg and the milk together and add to the other ingredients mixing until you have a soft batter

  7. Core the apple and chop into small pieces and stir through the mix. You can peel the apple if you want, but I didn’t bother. 

  8. Pour the mix into the brownie tray and set yo one side whilst you make the Cinnamon Crunchy Topping

  9. In another mixing bowl put the flour, sugar and cinnamon and mix together

  10. Cut the butter into small cubes rub into the dry ingredients to make a crumb. 

  11. Sprinkle over the batter in the brownie tray and bake for 35 -40 minutes, or until a skewer placed in the centre comes out clean

  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the tin and slicing

We’re now mid weed, looking towards the first weekend of the year and I’m sure a nice comforting cake is just what you need to make things feel better. This cake was one I first baked back in Autumn, with apples fresh from our trees. But as cakes go, you can’t get more cosy than a cinnamon topped sponge filled with chunks of apple. You can serve this either warm from the oven or cold with a nice cup of tea.

How was the first week back for you? Have you got a plan for 2019? I’d love to hear it if you have!

Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

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