Apple Cake Recipe with Custard

Caramelised apple cake with Cointreau custard

  • serves 6
  • Easy

This caramelised upside-down cake makes a sophisticated and indulgent dessert that is best served warm with the Cointreau custard



  • apples 3, cored and sliced
  • butter 150g, softened
  • light brown muscovado sugar 25g
  • golden caster sugar 125g
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • self-raising flour 125g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • fresh vanilla custard 1 × 500ml tub
  • Cointreau or brandy a dash


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the apples in a large, non-stick frying pan with 25g butter and muscovado sugar and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until just tender and caramelised, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.

  • Step 2

    To make the cake, butter and line a 20cm round, deep cake tin. Using a slotted spoon, arrange the apples in the base, reserving the syrupy pan juices. Beat the remaining butter and sugar together until fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then sift in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Fold in gently until combined, then spoon the mixture on top of the apples. Level the surface and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until springy to the touch.

  • Step 3

    Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out on to a serving plate. Spoon over the reserved syrupy juices, slice and put on serving plates. Warm the custard and stir in the cointreau or brandy. Pour over the cake and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 508
  • Fat 28.1g
  • Carbs 61.8g
  • Fibre 1.6g
  • Protein 7g
  • Salt 0.96g