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Swedish Apple and Almond Cake

November 17

Where we stay in Sweden the gardens are filled with apple trees heavy with fruit every Autumn. Although I love the summer in Sweden, the Autumn is quite unique and equally special. This apple and almond cake is a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons fruit and is heavily spiced with comforting cinnamon and cardamom.



  • serves Serves 8
  • time 60 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with a removable base.
  2. 2. With an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until they are incorporated.
  3. 3. Fold through the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and cinnamon until you have a thick cake batter. Stir through the apple and pour the batter into the cake tin.
  4. TOP TIP

    The batter will be thick, so use a spatula to spread across the base of the tin.
  5. 5. Spread the almonds of top of the cake and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Cover with tin foil if the almonds brown too much.
  6. 6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. As the cake is cooling, heat the jam in a saucepan until runny and brush over top of the cake.


110g butter plus extra for greasing

150g soft light brown sugar

2 large free range eggs

210g plain flour, sifted

1tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground cardamom

300g peeled, cored and sliced cooking apple (Shouldn’t be more than one large apple)

50g flaked almonds

3 tbsp apple or apricot jam


You'll Need

20cm cake tin with a removable base