Thursday 31 July 2014

Spiced Apple Cake

Many of us would probably remember Gordan Ramsey for his visit to Singapore last year where he pitted his skills against a few famous hawkers, dishing out delicious local food such as Singapore Chilli Crabs and Laksa. 

For Cook Like A Star the month of August, we'll be cooking along with Ramsey - a Scottish chef with well known restaurants all over the world. Do come and join us by posting your link to the linky below from August 1st. 

I picked this Spiced Apple Cake as my first Ramsey dish to try and I wasn't disappointed. Deliciously dense and moist, the sweetness of the apple puree is apparent in each bite. 

The best part is that its low in sugar and naturally sweetened by the apple purees and low in oil. It's definitely a lovely healthier treat for kids. 

Spiced Apple Cake (23cm round)
Recipe from Gordon Ramsey's Healthy Appetite

  • 1kg cooking apples (about 5 or 6)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 30g butter, plus extra to grease
  • 2 ripe Braeburn or Cox’s apples
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 225g wholemeal flour
  • 11/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 50ml light olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam, to glaze
  • 1–2 tbsp water
  • Peel, core and slice the cooking apples. Place in a wide pan with the sugar and butter. Cook over a high heat for 10–15 minutes until the apples have broken down to a pulp and any excess water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and cool completely. You should have about 475g* purée.
  • Heat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3. Line and lightly grease a 23cm cake tin with a removable base. Peel, core and finely slice the eating apple, using a mandolin or sharp knife. Place in a bowl and pour over most of the lemon juice and a splash of water; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the wholemeal flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, sugar and ground spices. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, olive oil and apple purée. Fold into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  •  Transfer the mixture to the prepared cake tin and gently level the top with a spatula. Bake the cake for 30 minutes until it feels just firm to the touch in the centre. Working quickly, overlap the sliced apples in concentric circles on top, leaving a margin around the edge. Brush the slices with a little lemon juice and return to the oven for a further 30–35 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool slightly before unmoulding onto a wire rack. Warm the apricot jam with the water, stirring until smooth. Brush over the top of the cake to glaze. Serve warm.
Note: *I didn't manage to get the 475g of apple puree, so I topped up with low fat yoghurt to make 475g.

This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake. 


  1. I love apples Mich! And this look so good:))

  2. An apple a day keeps the doctor away..... and now with a healthier version cake, it is a bonus dessert! Absolutely love it.

  3. Hi Mitch, I've apples in my fridge. Really need to finish them off quickly. Will bake this recipe for CLAS. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks perfectly dense and very moist. Yum!

  5. Hi Mich, I love your apple cake. I love baking with apples and would love to try this recipe. It looks dense and super moist.

  6. Mich, this is a lovely cake! Full of apple and spicy aroma. Yums!

  7. This looks sinfully good, really hope can have a slice for my tea time now!

  8. Hi Mich, this spiced apple cake looks delicious, it would be lovely to have a slice of this cake with a cup of coffee...
    Have a nice weekend :D

  9. Hi Mich, your apple cake look so good. The texture look soft and moist, great to go with coffee or tea.Thanks for sharing your very nice recipe.

    Have a great weekend.


  10. Mich, this is yummy, perfect with a cup of hot beverage for breakfast or afternoon tea-break!

  11. I love Gordon Ramsay's recipes..... really wanted to meet him in person last year too.

  12. Hey Mich, send over yr apple spiced cake.. I'll start brewing a pot of tea :)


  13. Hi Mich, this is so well done. I would love to go with a cup of cold milk!

  14. Hi Mich!
    That is one nice looking Spiced Apple Cake. You did GREAT! Of course, it would be really, really good if you could just pass me a skinny piece through the screen. My coffee, sitting next to me would love it!!! Thanks for sharing, and cooking like a Star, Mich...

  15. Fabulous cake. I can imagine how the spices make this cake so intense and moreish. This is a delicious cake to enjoy at any time of the day.
    Well done Mich!

  16. Hi Mich,

    Yeah... Heard about GR's visit to Singapore! He is a fun guy :D

    Know that GR likes fresh seasonal produces but didn't know that GR like to cook healthy food too :p This apple cake looks delightfully good :D


  17. Mich , I'm sure Mr Ramsay will love your apple cake , it looks fantastic :D

  18. Apple cake is my guilty pleasure besides chocolate so I am all in :D

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  19. Hi Mich,
    Lovely apple cake! Low in sugar sounds good to me!

  20. This cake looks amazing! I love baking with apples :)

  21. This cake reminds me of holiday and fall/winter, which will be coming to North America very soon! I want to welcome fall with this beautiful and delicious apple cake! Such a great cake to celebrate fall season!

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