- 3 dessert apples, peeled, cored and sliced into thin wedges
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (I used a full lemon actually, tasted good to me!)
- 125g/4½oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 140g/5oz golden caster sugar
- 3 free-range eggs, at room temperature, beaten
- 225g/8oz plain flour
- 2 level tsp baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 5 tbsp full-fat milk
For the topping
Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Butter and line a 23cm/9in round cake tin.
Coat the apple wedges in the lemon juice and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar, using an electric hand mixer, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Slowly add the milk, mixing well after each addition, until you have a smooth batter.
Transfer the batter to the cake tin. Arrange the apple slices, flat-side down, on the batter in a spiral pattern.
For the topping, mix together the demerara sugar, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 40–45 minutes (mine took 47 minutes at 150 in a fan oven) or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean and the top is golden-brown. Leave to cool for 15 minutes in the tin. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and turn it out of the tin onto a wire rack.
Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.
Hope you enjoy!
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