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Bramley apple and olive oil cake

18 October 2016

A fruity spiced apple and olive oil cake from Michelin-starred Yorkshire chef Frances Atkins.

Bramley apple and olive oil cake
Frances Atkins' Bramley apple and olive oil cake

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

1 1/2 hours




  • 120g sultanas
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 350g (12 oz) ‘00’ pasta flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 500g Bramley apples - grated
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 200g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 60g demerara sugar


1. Soak the sultanas in warm water for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ fan 160ºC/ gas 4. Pour the oil into a bowl, add the caster sugar and beat well. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until it resembles a thin mayonnaise.

3. Sift the pasta flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and salt into another bowl. Gradually fold in the oil and sugar mixture. Grate in the apples, add the zest and mix thoroughly.

4. Drain the sultanas, add to the mixture and combine well.

5. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin so the baking paper rises above the tin. Mix the walnuts with the demerara sugar and press lightly onto the cake. Bake for 1 ½ hours or until spongy. Cool slightly in the tin, then remove and cool on a wire rack.

6. Serve with a Bramley apple puree and cream.

How to make apple puree

Wash a couple of Bramley apples thoroughly and core. Add 200g of sugar and a little grated nutmeg. Add 1 tbsp of water and cook. Put through a food processor, sieve, cool & serve while still warm with the cake and Wensleydale cheese.

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