Lemon & apple pudding cake

This is a pudding pretending to be a cake, which is a very, very good thing indeed. Slices of apple and ground almonds in a softly-set custard flecked with vanilla seeds. A bit like a bread and butter pudding, but lighter and more elegant. Use organic lemons for this as they really do make a difference. This cake ranks very highly on my top ten cake list in fact, it might even be ‘the one’.

Lemon & apple pudding cake

From River Cafe Two Easy, Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers, 2005

free range eggs 2

organic lemons 2 (organic ones really do make a huge flavour difference)

caster sugar 300g

vanilla paste 1 teaspoon

butter 110g, melted

milk 150ml

ground almonds 125g

gluten free or plain flour 5 tablespoons  

baking powder 1 & 1/2 teaspoons (check it’s gluten free if that’s a concern) 

apples, 4, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (I used Granny Smith)

sugar for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 150ºC and grease and line a 23cm cake tin. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla paste and lemon zest. Beat with electric beaters until light in colour and thick. While still beating, slowly pour in the milk and melted butter. Remove the beaters and sprinkle over the ground almonds and flour and use a flat spatula or wooden spoon to fold in. Add three quarters of the chopped apple to the batter, stir and pour into cake tin. Arrange the rest of the sliced apples on top and sprinkle with sugar and  bake for at least one hour.

As it is quite a runny batter I recommend putting a tray on the shelf below the cake to collect any possible drips. Serve this cake warm or cold with a dollop of thickened cream or Greek yoghurt. Prepare to swoon.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Big apologies to you all: I left out the 125g of ground almonds when I first published this recipe. I’ve since updated the recipe & method to include the almonds. Fingers crossed that none of you had already attempted the cake! But do attempt it now


  2. Sabine says:

    This is the third time I’m reading this recipe which clearly tells me I have to make this cake!
    What sort of apples did you use?
    Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes :) xx


    1. You need to make this cake! It’s so good; alternatively invite me around to check out your new whare and I’ll bring one with me! x


    2. I’ve used Braeburn, but Granny Smith would be good too xx


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