Dorset apple cake

Baking tv shows are the best, yesterday I watched the first episode of Britain’s Best Bakery online and the contestants had to make this lovely cake for their final challenge. It made me crave apple cake so badly I scoured the internet for recipes and adapted it to make a vegan version of it.

Ingredients

For the cake:
225g/8oz apples (measured once they’ve been peeled and cut)
225g/8oz plain flour
112g/4oz demerara sugar
112g/4oz margarine
112ml/4oz soya milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 tsp baking powder

For the topping:
1 apple
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

1. start by peeling two large apples, the sort of apple will depend on what you like. you can use bramley or granny smith, given i only had golden delicious i used those. they are my favourite type as they are very juicy and sweet
2. take the core out, cut in thin long slices and weigh out 225g and keep the rest for decoration
3. then squeeze half a lemon on it, about 1 tbsp
4. in a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and margarine as if you were making a crumble topping until you reach a sand consistency
5. add in the sugar and then transfer the apples into the flour mix
6. add the soya milk and mix until just combined
7. transfer into an 8 inch baking tin pre-lined with baking paper and greased
8. arrange the rest of the apple slices on top of the cake
9. mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the cake
10. bake in a preheated oven at 180C between 45 and 60 minutes (this will depend on your oven)
11. after 40 minutes i placed a loose sheet of tin foil on top of the cake just to prevent the apples from burning. it will also help the sugar to melt completely and create a nice caramel sauce on the fruit

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