Apple Cake

March 06, 2021

Mary Berry, one of the original judges on “The Great British Bake Off” offers this simple apple cake recipe. I love this recipe when I have extra apples or pears. It’s very forgiving and can be used with even more apples or pears inside. The thinly sliced fruit pair with the crispy buttery crust, and go great with ice cream or a caramel sauce.

I’ve made a few modifications- since I normally serve the cake with ice cream, I’ve reduced the sugar. I’ve also updated the recipe to use regular flour instead of self-raising flour, since that’s what I normally keep on-hand.

  • 8 servings
  • 10 mins
  • 90 mins
  • 100 mins
  • Ingredients

    • 225 grams flour
    • 250 grams apples, peeled and cored
    • 150 grams butter, softened at room temperature
    • 150 grams sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 10 grams baking powder
    • 1 gram salt
    • 25 grams almonds, thinly sliced


    • Pie Plate


    1. Preheat the oven to 320 degrees fahrenheit.
    2. Slice the peeled apples into thin slices, either using a sharp knife or a food processor.
    3. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
    4. Add the softened butter and eggs and mix roughly into a dough.
    5. Line a pie plate with parchment paper, and spread half of the dough mixture on the bottom. Use another piece of parchment paper to flatten it into the corners.
    6. Layer in the thinly sliced apples.
    7. Add the remaining dough and loosely spread over the middle of the apple slices. It's not important that it cover the sides, as the dough will slacken and rise as it cooks.
    8. Shake the sliced almonds over the top of the dough
    9. Bake in the preheated oven for 75 to 85 minutes, until the internal temperature of the cake is 210 degrees fahrenheit.
    10. Transfer to a cutting board and cool for five minutes. Slice and serve with ice cream.

    This recipe was adapted from:

      Written by Will Chiong who lives and works in New York building useful things.