Spiced Toffee Apple Cake

Now Halloween is around the corner I have decided to do some Halloween themed baking!
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Halloween is toffee apples! I used to love toffee apples when I was younger, and me and my dad used to make them ourselves which is a lovely memory I have of my childhood. 

I found this delightful recipe on BBC Goodfood which incorporate my two favourite things! Toffee apples and Cake!!! 

You will need:
  • 200g dates, roughly chopped
  • 200ml milk, plus a splash
  • 250g butter, extra for greasing 
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3 small red apples (I used pink ladies for sweetness)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Handful of toffees
  • A little icing sugar for dusting


Step 1:
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with baking parchment. Put the dates and milk in a small pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside for 15 mins to cool.

    Step 2:
    1. Whizz the date mixture to a smooth purée in a food processor or blender, then scrape into a large mixing bowl. Tip in the butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, eggs, mixed spice and vanilla, and set aside while you prepare the apples.

      Step 3:
      1. Quarter and core the apples, then slice quite thinly, tossing in a little lemon juice as you go. Quickly beat together the cake ingredients with an electric whisk until smooth, then scrape into the baking tray. Arrange the apple slices, overlapping in rows, on top of the cake – you should be able to get 3 rows lengthways down the tray. Bake for 45-50 mins until a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tray.

        Step 4: 
        1. Put the toffees in a small pan with a good splash of milk and gently melt, stirring, until runny. To finish, dust with a little icing sugar, then drizzle sauce all over the cake. Cut into squares or slices to serve.

          There you go! The first of my autumnal/wintery bakes! Let me know what you guys think and let me know what you LOVE to bake this time of year?

          S xx


  1. This looks STUNNING! I would give it a try myself but I'm sure it wouldn't look this good!

    Elle x

    1. Oh thank you lovely! It took me ages to bake anything which actually looked edible haha!

      Sian xx

  2. Oh my gosh this cake sounds incredible! I need to try it xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️


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