Zesty apple cake

This cake is easy to make and fabulously fruity!
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Recipe from: 9 November 2015
Preparation time: 30 min
Cooking time: 1h


  • 460
    cake flour
  • 5
    baking powder
  • 270
  • 285
    castor sugar
  • 5
    vanilla essence
  • 4
    large eggs
  • 10
    lemon or lime zest, grated
  • 15
    lemon or lime juice
  • 1x380
    can apples, drained and coarsely chopped
  • ICING:
  • 385
    icing sugar
  • 30
    lemon or lime juice
  • candied lemon or lime zest, to garnish (recipe below)
  • rose petals, to decorate
Servings: Change Serving


Preheat oven to 180°C.

Candied lemon zest:

Cut the peel off two or three lemons or limes using a sharp knife. Cut into thin strips. Blanch in boiling water for three minutes. Heat 50ml sugar and 30ml water together in a saucepan and add the peel. Simmer until the water has evaporated. You can also use orange zest, if you prefer.

Sift the cake flour and the baking powder together.

Cream the butter and the castor sugar together until the mixture is light, then beat in the vanilla essence. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Fold in the lemon or lime zest and juice. Fold in the chopped apples and spoon the mixture into a greased 1,5-litre ring cake tin.

Bake in a preheated oven for one hour, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.


Mix the icing sugar and the lemon or lime juice together. Add a little hot water and mix well until the icing has a smooth consistency. Spoon the icing over the cake once it has cooled. To finish, decorate with candied lime or lemon zest and a few rose petals.

Image and text: Ideas magazine.

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