Autumnal recipes – apple and almond cake

As it’s currently apple season in the US, we’ve decided to choose a delicious recipe involving apples for our autumnal recipe this week. Apple sauce, maple syrup and ground almonds replace the normal cake ingredients you’d use in this gorgeous gluten-free cake, topped with a sticky layer of caramelised fruit.

Here’s what you’ll need…

For the cake:
125ml olive oil
140g maple syrup
2 eggs
130g apple sauce (shop-bought or homemade)
185g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon

For the topping:
1 apple, skin-on, cored and diced
Tiny splash of olive oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5
  2. Lightly oil a 20cm springform tin and line the base with a circle of baking parchment.
  3. In a stand mixer, or using a hand blender, whizz together the oil and maple syrup for 30 secs.
  4. Add the eggs and whizz for another 1 min before adding the apple sauce and blending for a further 30 secs.
  5. Tip in the ground almonds, baking powder, 1 tsp salt and cinnamon, blend for 30 secs and your batter is done.
  6. Pour it into the tin, and bake for around 30-40 mins or until the top is a deep golden brown, the cake is coming away from the sides a little, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. While it’s cooking, make the topping – in a small frying pan, cook the apple gently with the rest of the topping ingredients and ½ tsp salt until the apple is soft and gently caramelised.
  8. When the cake is ready, scatter the bronzed apple chunks on top of the cake.
  9. Eat warm with some cream or custard, or cold with a cup of tea or coffee.

Will you be trying out any apple recipes this apple season? We’d love to know, or if you’re going to try this great apple and almond cake recipe, so leave us a comment below.