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Bramley Apple and Almond Pudding Cake

This decadent cake is a brilliant way to use up any Bramley apples left over from the season. Serve warm with crème fraiche or even custard if you fancy, it will soak into the rich sponge and balance the tart apples

Serves 8

Bramley and Almond Pudding Cake


For the apples:

2 large Bramley apples, peeled, quartered and cut into slices 1cm thick

30g unsalted butter

2tbsp soft brown sugar


For the cake:

150g unsalted butter, at room temperature

110g caster sugar

2 medium eggs

75g self raising flour

75g ground almonds

½tsp cinnamon

Flaked almonds



Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease a 20cm springform cake tin.

Start with the apples. Place the 30g of butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat and melt. When it starts to bubble add the soft brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the apples and cook gently turning once for 5-10 minutes until they soften and start to colour. Leave to one side to cool while you make the cake batter.

Whisk the caster sugar and butter together until light and fluffy before adding the eggs one at a time. Add some of the flour in-between each egg to prevent the mixture from splitting.

Combine the remaining flour, almonds and the cinnamon and mix into the eggs and sugar. Scoop the batter into the cake tin and arrange the apples on top, drizzling the juices with them.

Cook for 20 minutes then sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for a further 20-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.


Why not try?

This recipe is incredibly versatile and great if you have apple trees because it works just as well with almost any other apple as well as with pears, plums and cherries too. Why not experiment with different combinations?

Frances de Bosdari

5 thoughts on “Bramley Apple and Almond Pudding Cake”

  • penelope

    this is a very good recipe i will use it so thankyou

    kind regards penelope

  • Elizabeth Cox

    I am really looking forward to doing this recipe when it is my turn to bake a cake for my French knitting group. The other members really like my English recipes so I know they will love this one. We have a large Bramley Seedling tree in the garden that we brought over from UK as a maiden tree 15 years ago.

  • janet wood

    Sounds really yummy, Cant wait to make and taste it. Off to buy ground almonds.

  • David

    I made the cake 2 hours ago. It is still warm and really delicious. Probably best with cream - which I do not have - but it is disappearing very quickly without.

    [I used 450g Bramleys - a useful measure if your apples are like mine and small this year. They also needed cooking for only 5 minutes. I baked the cake at 150C in a fan oven for 30 minutes.]

  • Tessa Ellis

    Having bought an apple tree from Ashridge, I eagerly await my first crop but in the meantime I was seduced by the look and the sound of this cake/ pudding and couldn't wait to try it!!
    It looks and smells delicious as it cools!!.........

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