Mary Berry’s Apple Almond Cake

Apple almond cake

This is Mary Berry’s apple dessert cake recipe that I’ve used here.


– 225g self-raising flour
– 1 level tsp baking powder
– 225g caster sugar
– 2 large eggs
– ½ tsp almond extract
– 150g butter, melted
– 250g cooking apples, peeled and cored (the weight is after peeling and coring)
– 25g flaked almonds
– A little icing sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Lightly grease a deep 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin.

2. Measure the flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, almond extract and melted butter into a bowl. Mix well until blended, then beat for a minute.

3. Spread half the mixture into the tin. Thickly slice the apples and lay on top of the mixture in the tin, don’t go right to the edge, pile them more into the centre. Spoon the remaining mixture over the apples, making sure they are all covered, don’t worry about getting a smooth or flat surface, it all flattens out during cooking.

4. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds.

5. Bake in the oven for around 1¼ hours until golden and coming away from the sides of the tin.

6. Sift some icing sugar on top before serving.

Apple cake cut

This cake is ideally eaten warm as a dessert, with some ice-cream or cream, but it’s perfectly good cold too.


17 responses to “Mary Berry’s Apple Almond Cake

    • It is a good one, it reminds me of the type of thing my grandmother might have baked, quite traditional, and it doesn’t feel too naughty because it’s not covered in frosting! Sorry the measurement isn’t in cups though, I know you Americans aren’t so hot on weighing ingredients 😉


        • Although actually I prefer using cups for recipe measurements, it’s easier. We’re half metric and half not over here – a lot of people still prefer to use ounces and pounds rather than grams and kilograms, so recipes will often give both. When it comes to body weight, most people still use pounds and stones. And on the roads we still use miles like you do rather than kilometres, so we’re all rather confused really!


          • I didn’t realize that. Interesting to know. I got used to the metric system in medicine, but I always report weight in pounds. People here don’t always know kilograms. But I’d document in the chart as kilograms. But I always think in miles when I drive.


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