Dorset Apple Cake with Chocolate Caramel – Best of British

5 Star | 28th October 2012 | By

Dorset Apple Cake

Best of British comes back to the South West this month from London and has now reached the county of Dorset. The first and if truth be told, only thing that came to mind when thinking about Dorset speciality food was Dorset Apple Cake. Strangely, with all of my cookery books I didn’t have a single recipe for this. So, I resorted to the net and came up with this winner – voted the Dorset National Dish in 2006 by Greg Coomer.

Like many other people this year, I haven’t had nearly as many apples from my mother’s trees as normal, but I still have a few. I’d been mulling over an apple cake for a while and wanted to include a bar of Lindt Luscious Caramel in it. Easy peasy, I would adapt Greg’s cake of course. I made a larger quantity as I don’t have an 8″ cake mould, omitted the lemon peel, substituted chocolate for raisins and used cardamom sugar. I also substituted buckwheat for the specified cornflour and did my usual mix of flours. I also used, err, Cornish apples – shhhhh!

This is how I did it:

  • Weighed out 10oz flour (4oz spelt, 4oz plain white, 2oz buckwheat) and sifted into a bowl with 2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda.
  • Added 5oz cardamom (caster) sugar.
  • Rubbed in 5oz unsalted butter until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs.
  • Peeled, cored and diced 250g of tart apples (Cornish variety – label missing) stirring into the mixture to coat as I went along so the apples didn’t brown.
  • Made a well in the centre and added 2 medium eggs and 2 tbsp milk.
  • Stirred until all combined.
  • Added a chopped 100g bar of Lindt Luscious Caramel and stirred in.
  • Spooned into a 21cm cake mould.
  • Cored and sliced one tart apple, but left the peel on. 
  • Drizzled over 1 tbsp lemon juice to stop the slices from browning, then arranged the slices on top of the cake.
  • Scattered over 1 tbsp of soft brown sugar.
  • Baked in the oven at 180C for 35 minutes.
Luscious by name, lucscious by nature and the only way to describe this cake. The apple shone through and was complemented perfectly by the caramel chocolate. As you can see, we felt it was also complemented by a large spoon of Cornish clotted cream. I now feel the urge to stock up on this type of chocolate so I can include it in other apple cakes.
Best of British is sponsored by The Face of New World Appliances and hosted once again by Karen of Lavender and Lovage this month.

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      Choclette
      29th October 2012

      In my rather, err, extensive experience, I’ve found chocolate chips / chunks work really well in apple cakes, much better than making the whole thing chocolate flavoured.

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    Katie
    28th October 2012

    Looks a gorgeous cake and great idea to use caramel chocolate. Sounds delicious.

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      Choclette
      29th October 2012

      Thank you Katie, that’s high praise coming from the Queen of apple cakes :)

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    Chele
    28th October 2012

    That’s a cracking looking cake, and of course the addition of chocolate is genius on your behalf. I am craving apple cake now though …

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      Choclette
      29th October 2012

      The one problem with it Chele, is that it just didn’t last long enough. I can feel another one coming on 😉

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    Suelle
    28th October 2012

    This looks really delicious, although I think I’d go back to adding raisins, as I don’t have your urge to add chocolate to everything! LOL!;)

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      Choclette
      29th October 2012

      Suelle, this cake would be excellent with raisins too I’m sure, but it wasn’t just any old chocolate, it was caramel chocolate which gave it a special toffee apple edge.

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    Chris
    28th October 2012

    With chocolate caramel … that is totally lovely. I know, that it is a good thing to post an apple cake for Best of British this month. :-)

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      Choclette
      29th October 2012

      Thanks Chris. Just as well as it’s a good thing, because I think there might be a few apple cakes 😉

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    Karen S Booth
    28th October 2012

    WOW! That is a STUNNER of a cake, and as Dorset Apple Cakes go, it is a BEAUTY! I have been working with caramal and chocolate today too…..for a secret TTT thing, but more about that later! LOVELY entry for Dorset and such a pretty cake too! Karen

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      Choclette
      29th October 2012

      Thank you Karen, that’s very kind. Now you are teasing – chocolate and caramel? Whaaaaaaaaaaat?

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    belleau kitchen
    28th October 2012

    stunning cake!… love the apples on the top and the recipe sounds fab, I must have a go at this… and then to top it all off with that incredible caramel chocolate included in the cake… wow… need it, want it, must HAVE it!

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    Caroline
    28th October 2012

    That is definitely my sort of cake. I love the generosity of the apple slices and they’re really well arranged on the top. I can’t say I’d have thought of adding caramel chocolate (though that sounds pretty good on its own!) but I’d love to try this with raisins. Yum.

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      Choclette
      30th October 2012

      Thanks C, I really enjoyed having the different textures from the soft apple in the cake to the caramalised and slightly chewy apple on top. I’m sure this would be delicious with raisins too, but it did work well with that caramel chocolate 😉

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    Jo
    28th October 2012

    What a beautiful cake. I love the sound of adding caramel chocolate to the batter. Yummy!

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    28th October 2012

    I must confess that the first thing that I think of when I think about Dorset food is apple cake and, in my opinion, that’s no bad thing at all. I’ve never tried it with caramel chocolate, though. Sounds absolutely lovely.

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      Choclette
      30th October 2012

      That’s very true Phil, it’s hard to beat a good apple cake, but adding caramel chocolate does make it that little bit more special.

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    helen
    28th October 2012

    ooh that looks lovely…my lot would have to have that with custard!

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    Garden Tea Cakes and Me
    29th October 2012

    Now that’s what I call a cake, perfect for Autumn days with a hot cup of tea. Like your mum’s my apples trees have had a recovery year for fruit, which hopefully means a bounty crop come next year.

    Angela

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    Katharine
    29th October 2012

    I love any kind of apple cake and yours looks perfect! I bet the addition of the chocolate really adds to the flavour too.

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      Choclette
      30th October 2012

      Thanks Katharine. Apple cake is just so right at this time of year. The chocolate is good, but it’s the caramel that really makes it.

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    rita cooks italian
    30th October 2012

    What a great cake! I like the tip of stirring the apple slices into the mixture to coat so the apples don’t brown. The chocolate carmel gives the perfect finish!!

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      Choclette
      30th October 2012

      Thanks Rita, all I can say is the cake disappeared rather too rapidly!

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    30th October 2012

    I really love your replacing the raisins with a bar of luscious caramel chocolate in this wonderful Dorset apple cake. I am with you on that one and now need to go and buy a bar just to check out how good it must be. Again, I love the flours you have used. I have just bought my first ever spelt flour so will be putting it to good use very soon although I am finding it very hard to have any time to myself this week, including commenting on blogs….half term you see :))x

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      Choclette
      31st October 2012

      Glad you approve Laura, it was a particularly good combination. Good luck with the spelt. Hope you are enjoying half term, even if it is proving to be rather busy.

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      Choclette
      10th November 2012

      Thanks Johanna, it was such a delicious combination, I shall be using it again.

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