This apple cake is super simple to make and tastes delicious! It doesn’t take an expert to make and is really fun to create with your flatmates if you need a revision break. The preparation time is around 15 minutes and cooking time is approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Give it a go during the Easter break so you can show off to your flatmates when you are back at university.


  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 225g self raising flower
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp rum
  • 2 medium sized apples
  • 25g ground almonds


  1. Set the oven to 160 degrees celsius and line your favourite baking tin: circular, rectangular either will be fine. To save yourself time and to save your arms the pain, melt the butter on a low heat and add it to the bowl. Put in the other ingredients, except for the apples. Try not to be heavy handed with the rum, 2tbsp will give a nice flavour, but much more will make the cake too strong. Mix the ingredients together (thanks to the melted butter, this shouldn’t take long and will be a pain free process!) Then pour half of the mixture into the baking tin.
  2. Now we have the difficult part: the apples. Peel them and slice them in any way that you please and add them to the top of the mixture in the cake tin (try to focus on the centre, it will make things easier). Then pour the rest of the mixture on top of it: this will test your patience and creativity but if the apples fall out, just eat the evidence! A useful method is to pour the mixture in the centre, let it circle out and then cover any apples that are left. If it looks a little sparse, it’s really fine, it will expand out when it is cooking.
  3. Then put the cake into the oven for around 45 minutes. I would say leave to cool, because all of the bakers do, but if you too have little patience for such things, serve warm as a pudding with vanilla ice cream or enjoy when it has cooled . Enjoy!