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Rustic Apple Cake

A lightly spiced autumnal layer cake, finished with a brown butter frosting.
Author: Vicki


for the cake

  • 3 cups plain flour, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 3 cups apples, peeled and grated

for the frosting

  • 140 g brown butter, cooled
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1.3 cup cream


  • Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease two 8-inch cake tins with butter & line the bases with parchment paper. Set aside. Remove 1/3 cup flour & set aside.
  • Sift together the remaining flour, baking powder, & cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar, & while the mixer is on medium speed, cream together the sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on medium-low, mix in the eggs one at a time, ensuring to scrape down the sides & thoroughly combine after each addition. 
  • Working in alternating batches, mix in half of the dry ingredients followed by the milk. Add in the second half of the dry ingredients & mix until just combined.
  • Toss the diced apples with the flour you set aside at the beginning, & fold into the batter until evenly distributed. 
  • Divide the batter between the two tins & bake in the preheated oven for 32 to 35 minutes until golden on top & a skewer inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes before removing the cakes from their tins. 
  • While the cakes are baking, make the browned butter frosting. Use an electric whisk to beat the cooled butter until it is creamy & almost white. Add all of the remaining ingredients & beat until well combined & fluffy. Set aside. 
  • When the cakes are completely cooled (trust me on that one!), slice each in half horizontally, giving you four even layers. Place the first layer on your cake stand & spread an even layer of the frosting across the top. Repeat with the remaining layers. Using an offset spatula, evenly coat the outside of the cake in a lovely layer of frosting. Finish off with some hand picked apple leaves!