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Apple and Almond Cake

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Introduction

It's astonishing how buttery this cake tastes, given that there is not a gram of butter in it. The flour is replaced with ground almonds - and cooked, cooled, pureed fruit provides moistness and flavour.

It's astonishing how buttery this cake tastes, given that there is not a gram of butter in it. The flour is replaced with ground almonds - and cooked, cooled, pureed fruit provides moistness and flavour.

Apple and Almond Cake
Photo by James Merrell

Ingredients

Makes: 12 slices

Metric Cups

For the Apple Puree

  • 3 tart eating apples (such as Braeburns)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar

For the Cake

  • 1 splash of vegetable oil to grease tin
  • 8 large eggs
  • 325 grams ground almonds
  • 275 grams caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 50 grams flaked almonds

To Decorate

  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar

For the Apple Puree

  • 3 tart eating apples (such as Braeburns)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar

For the Cake

  • 1 splash of vegetable oil to grease tin
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3¼ cups almond meal
  • 1¾ cups superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup slivered almonds

To Decorate

  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar

Method

  1. Peel, core and chop the apples roughly. Put them in a saucepan with the lemon juice and sugar and bring the pan to a bubble over a medium heat. Cover the pan and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes or until you can mash the apple to a rough puree with a wooden spoon or fork. (You should have about 285g / 1 generous cup of puree.) Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/180ºC/350ºF; oil a 25cm / 10 inch springform tin with almond or a flavourless vegetable oil and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  3. Put the cooled puree in the processor with the eggs, ground almonds, caster sugar and 1 tablespoon - or generous squeeze - of lemon juice and blitz to a puree. Pour and scrape, with a rubber spatula for ease, into the prepared tin, sprinkle the flaked almonds on top, and bake for 45 minutes. It's worth checking after 35 minutes, as ovens do vary, and you might well find its cooked earlier - or indeed you may need to give a few minutes longer.
  4. Put on a wire rack to cool slightly, then spring open. This cake is best served slightly warm, though still good cold.
  5. As you bring it to the table, push a teaspoon of icing sugar through a fine sieve to give a light dusting.
  1. Peel, core and chop the apples roughly. Put them in a saucepan with the lemon juice and sugar and bring the pan to a bubble over a medium heat. Cover the pan and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes or until you can mash the apple to a rough puree with a wooden spoon or fork. (You should have about 285g / 1 generous cup of puree.) Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/180ºC/350ºF; oil a 25cm / 10 inch springform tin with almond or a flavourless vegetable oil and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  3. Put the cooled puree in the processor with the eggs, almond meal, superfine sugar and 1 tablespoon - or generous squeeze - of lemon juice and blitz to a puree. Pour and scrape, with a rubber spatula for ease, into the prepared tin, sprinkle the slivered almonds on top, and bake for 45 minutes. It's worth checking after 35 minutes, as ovens do vary, and you might well find its cooked earlier - or indeed you may need to give a few minutes longer.
  4. Put on a wire rack to cool slightly, then spring open. This cake is best served slightly warm, though still good cold.
  5. As you bring it to the table, push a teaspoon of confectioners' sugar through a fine sieve to give a light dusting.

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What 14 Others have said

  • This works very well halved and baked in a nine-inch springform. I added a teaspoon of vanilla. It's a great way to use up overripe mushy pears. A toothpick will lie to you about whether it's done, as will the touch-test because it's so dense; leave it in longer than you think you need to and take it out when the top is golden brown. Toast up slices of it for crunchy edges to contrast with the fudgy texture.

    Posted by rosefox on 21st September 2017
  • Has anyone made this cake and successfully cut the amount of sugar used? I am struggling with the idea of adding this volume of sugar.

    Posted by twittrock on 13th September 2017
  • I needed a gluten free Victoria sponge recipe for my daughter's second birthday. I made this recipe without the flaked almonds on top - also folding in the separated egg whites whisked, as others have suggested - and then once cooled cut in half to fill with whipped cream and jam, and topped with whipped cream and strawberries. It was delicious. So light and fresh, tall and stable, no sinking in the middle and everyone loved it. Better than the original Victoria sponge I think. One change would be to bake it in two sandwich tins not one big tin, as it creates such a volume of cake it got quite dark on the outside by the time it was cooked in the middle.

    Posted by Richiau on 13th August 2017
  • I've just made this cake using the suggestion to separate the eggs. Very light, moist and tasty. I did a lot of gluten free cooking for my teashop customers in cornwall. This would have gone down well even for those who do not require gluten free. Tested it on my Mum but did not tell her it is GF. She loved it. I will be trying some more recipes even though I don't need GF myself.

    Posted by meadowsprite on 1st February 2016
  • Works really well, delicious cake- I whipped up the egg whites and folded in, result is a lovely light cake, works well every time! Lined the cake tin with baking parchment, no problem sticking. Very quick and easy to make. Love it!!

    Posted by lhr on 5th February 2016
  • This cake is delicious, easy to make and the ingredients are things you'd already have in the cupboard. Lovely dense, moist texture. Really pleased to have found this recipe.

    Posted by fitsinashoe on 4th December 2014
  • I make this cake often, people never guess it's gluten and dairy free. I have also made it with xylitol for diabetics and it tastes just as good... The ultimate in cakes for those with allergies etc :)

    Posted by MirandaB on 22nd November 2014
  • Just made this cake for everyone at gideonhartphotography - it is the most buttery delicious cake, without butter! I served with clotted cream within some lemon rind and it was fab. Made it just for fun but ended up photographing it in the studio. Delicious.

    Posted by gideonhartphotography on 6th October 2013
  • I prepared this cake and it was just awesome. I loved it as there was no need to use butter or flour. Everyone loved it!

    Posted by Dhee on 3rd June 2013
  • This cake is fabulous! Serve with cream or fruit coulis for a real treat.

    Posted by LisaRichards on 2nd June 2013
  • In case anyone else doesn't have a springform pan handy: I used a muffin tin with paper liners to make small cakes. I filled each cup with about an inch of batter and made 28 cakes. I baked it at the same temp for about 20 mins. Much easier for children to enjoy this size.

    Posted by CG on 31st March 2013
  • I made this twice. tasty both times but much higher and lighter the second time when i separated the eggs, beat the whites till peaked but not dry and folded pureed everything else into whites then to pan.

    Posted by susaryan on 10th September 2012
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