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I want to make it a thing to call a portion of this cake an ‘applie’. Essentially, this is a very simple cake laced with chunks of spiced apple. You can have it ready in around an hour, for all those occasions where you need cake at the last minute. The recipe I based these on was for ‘Apple brownies‘, which is extremely misleading as they contain no chocolate of any description and have a light texture quite unlike the dense gooiness of a decent brownie. This cake freezes really well too, so I might start freezing squares to take as my work snack. So domesticated.



  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar (you will need about 1/4 cup more if your apples are tart)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 medium eating apples, thinly sliced or chopped. Peel if you’re feeling fancy.
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • About 1/2 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated if you can

Variations: Try throwing in a cup of fresh berries, or 1/2 cup of dried fruit or seeds.


  1. Preheat oven to 175 C
  2. Butter a 20x20cm (8x8in) tin, ideally loose-bottomed.
  3. Beat together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix for a few minutes until fluffy.
  4. Fold in the apple and nuts.
  5. Apple
  6. Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl
  7. Stir until just blended. The mixture will be very thick and seem to be almost all apple.
  8. Batter in bowl
  9. Spread evenly in the tin.
  10. Batter in tin
  11. I sprinkled a tablespoon of caster sugar over the top as I tasted the batter and worried it wouldn’t be quite sweet enough.
  12. Bake for 25-45mins, until a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  13. Cooked
  14. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes before turning out to cool on a wire rack.

These are tasty hot or cold.