Members' Recipes Archive

July 2007
Apple Cake with Honey and Calvados Sauce
Jennifer Stearn

Apple Cake with Honey and Calvados Sauce

By: Jennifer Stearn

The theme for the Guild's 2007 CookIt! Children's Cooking Competition was 007: Licensed to Bake, to encourage children in the art of real baking. Needless to say it produced a great number of chocolate recipes, including some delicious brownies from the 10-year-old winner, Sophie Buck, but this particular cake from 12-year-old finalist Jennifer Stearn of Skipton, Yorkshire, was a particular hit with the judges.


2 dessert apples, e.g Gala
100g caster sugar
100g self raising flour, sifted with ½ tsp baking powder
2 large free range eggs
100g margarine
To serve
3 dessert spoons clear Yorkshire honey
1 tsp Calvados
Yorkshire Dales icecream, to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, Gas 3. Grease an 18–20 cm round loose bottom cake tin.
2. Peel and core the apples then cut them into 5mm wide slices.
3. Put the sugar, flour and baking powder into a large bowl then add the eggs and margarine and beat with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
4. Scrape half the mixture into the tin and arrange the apple slices over, leaving a few for decoration. Scrape the remaining mixture on top and arrange the remaining apples slices on top.
5. Bake for about 25 minutes until cooked then remove and cool in the tin for 5-10 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
6. To serve, gently heat the honey in a small pan then remove and stir in the Calvados. Serve the cake in wedges with the sauce poured over and icecream on the side.

© recipe copyright 2007 Jennifer Stearn


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