Country apple cake

Good Food reader, Magdalena Duggan, shares her grandmother’s spiced chocolate sponge packed with fruit from the garden

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:50 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 372
  • fat 17g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 48g
  • sugars 33g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 5 medium eggs
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 175g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 5 eating apples, peeled, cored and diced, about 600g
  • 1 tsp each icing sugar and ground cinnamon, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 mins. Pour in the oil and stir well to combine.

  2. Sieve in the dry ingredients and fold through until the mixture is smooth and well combined before adding the apples.

  3. Carefully pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 45-50 mins. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a cooling rack. Once the cake is cool, dust with icing sugar and cinnamon.

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