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Almond Apple Cider Cake and Feeling Full in Falmouth

Falmouth Apple Cider Cake

Autumn, Large Cakes | 26th September 2016 | By

This time last week, I was enjoying wonderful views of Falmouth harbour from my bedroom window. The skies were blue, I was with good friends and the kitchen table sported an almond apple cider cake.

My friend Andy is not only a fan of crumbles, but also of apple cakes. When he invited us down to spend a few days with him in a holiday cottage in Falmouth, I knew immediately what sort of cake to bake and take with us. I’ve made many an apple cake in my time but I wanted to make something a bit different. Casting my mind back, I remembered this lemon and almond cake, which stands out as one of the best cakes I’ve made. I used this recipe as my inspiration and came up with this splendiferous almond apple cider cake. Autumn is the very best time to make such a cake. Apples are literally falling from the trees and cider is in full production.

Falmouth Apple Cider Cake Collage

Falmouth was wonderful and we were very lucky with the weather. We wondered the cobbled streets, walked around the harbour and beaches and clambered up Jacob’s Ladder a number of times. On our first full day, we enjoyed a morning coffee and stroll around Hotel Meudon’s lovely gardens and beach. This was followed by lunch at The Potager, a fabulous vegetarian cafe a few miles out of Falmouth. We finished off the afternoon by visiting Glendurgan Gardens on the Helford river, where we managed to find our way both in and out of the maze, once again.

On our second day, we took a trip up the River Fal to Trelissick Gardens, another splendid National Trust garden in the area. I’d never taken a boat up the Fal before and I’m so glad I did last week. It’s just beautiful. We ate rather a lot too. It’s got to be done when you’re out and about.  We were only in Falmouth three nights, but it felt like a real holiday.

My friend Angela, who was also hosting us, is a fellow vegetarian. I knew Falmouth would not let us down when it came to eating out and indeed it had plenty to offer us. We found vegetarian cafes, vegan restaurants and good vegetarian options in a number of other eateries. Put it like this, we did not starve. Oh! And there was a very nice almond apple cider cake too. It was much appreciated by all. Even Angela, who doesn’t eat cakes, had a slice and finished it. She declared it better than any cake found in a cafe. Given that she doesn’t eat cake, I’m not quite sure how she knows this, but I’m happy to take the compliment.

Almond Apple Cider Cake
Serves 12
A splendid apple cake made with ground almonds and flavoured with cider. The top, covered with flaked almonds and demerara sugar has a satisfying crunch to it.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 250g unsalted butter
  2. 225g golden caster sugar (I use cardamom sugar)
  3. 3 large eggs (I use duck eggs)
  4. 100g wholemeal spelt flour
  5. 100g white flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. Ā½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  8. 75g ground almonds (I grind them as needed for freshness & texture)
  9. 100ml cider
  10. 3 medium sized cooking apples (400g) - peeled, cored and diced
  11. 25g flaked almonds
  12. 2 tbsp demerara sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarb.
  4. Add the apples and cider followed by the ground almonds and stir until just combined.
  5. Scrape into a 23 cm round silicone cake mould or lined tin.
  6. Scatter the flaked almonds over the top, followed by the demerara sugar.
  7. Bake at 180C for about 40 minutes or until the cake is well risen, golden on the top and an inserted cake skewer comes out mostly clean.
Notes
  1. Timings are approximate.
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Bake of the Week LogoI’m sending my almond apple cider cake off to Casa Costello for Bake of the Week.

 

 

Organic September 16Pretty much everything except the sugar and the eggs in this cake is organic and the eggs are properly free range. It is #OrganicSeptember after all.

 

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    Janice
    26th September 2016

    What a beautiful cake, I love that timings are approximate – so true. Falmouth looking particularly fabulous too.

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      Choclette
      26th September 2016

      Thanks Janice. I think my oven is possibly hotter than it should be and all of them vary too. Also preparation is dependent on so many things. Always seems to take me heaps longer than recipes state.

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    Queti Knight
    26th September 2016

    Love the bicarbonate of cider!!!! šŸ˜€ Please don’t change it!

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      Choclette
      26th September 2016

      Hahaha, I think it’s fairly obvious what I had on the brain. Thanks ever so much for pointing it out to me. I understand the sentiment, but I really did have to change it šŸ™‚

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    Henk
    26th September 2016

    I can imagine this to be a delicous cake ! One to put on the ever growing list of things to try. Apparently you were full of cider when writing down the list of ingredients, unless ‘bicarbonate of cider’ is just another type of baking powder that I haven’t heard of previously …. šŸ˜‰
    Nice to read about the lovely days you spent with your friends in Cornwall !

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      Choclette
      26th September 2016

      Yes, cider all the way Henk šŸ˜‰ Thanks for pointing it out. It really is a good cake. The trouble is, I mostly, though not always, think my latest bake is the best ever!

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    26th September 2016

    Falmouth looks like a fantastic place to visit. I went as a child but cannot remember. However we are planning a holiday down there next year so it will go on our list! The cake looks and sounds delicious x #BakeoftheWeek

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      Choclette
      26th September 2016

      I am perhaps a little biased, but Cornwall is a great place to come on holiday. There’s much to do for kids and adults and the food has hugely improved over recent years.

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    Beth Sachs
    26th September 2016

    I haven’t been down to Falmouth for too long. Must make an effort now the season is over. A lovely looking cake too!

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      Choclette
      26th September 2016

      Thanks very much Beth. There’s actually a surprising amount to see in Cornwall. I haven’t been up Bude way in far too long either.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    26th September 2016

    mmm apple cakes are delicious and esp in autumn when apples are at their best – I would invite you over with this apple cake – sounds like the perfect gift for your hostess.

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      Choclette
      27th September 2016

      Hehe, thanks Johanna. Sadly the hostess in this instance isn’t usually won over by cake. The host was however šŸ˜‰

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    kellie@foodtoglow
    27th September 2016

    Falmouth sounds like a veggie paradise! And your cake – it sounds mighty delicious and the perfect autumn cake. I saw it on Facebook and immediately wanted to know more!

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      Choclette
      27th September 2016

      Thanks Kellie. Vegetarian food is still quite hit and miss, but it’s definitely been getting a lot better down here over the last few years. Falmouth is a student town, so I’m guessing that’s why it’s so good.

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      Choclette
      27th September 2016

      You’d like it Sus. Plenty happening, both nightlife and on the vegan / veggie food front.

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    28th September 2016

    Hurrah to another baker that has changeable timings! I adore the sound of this cake – perfect for autumn afternoons cozied up with a brew and a good book! Thanks once again for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek Great to have you back x

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      Choclette
      1st October 2016

      Thanks Helen. I never meant to go away, I’m just not good at remembering everything!

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    28th September 2016

    Apple cakes are so perfectly Autumnal Choclette and I should imagine the addition of the cider not only adds to the depth of flavour but also gives perfect moistness. Delicious!

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      Choclette
      1st October 2016

      Thanks Kate. Apple cake is hard to resist at this time of year and even more so with the cider which does just as you suggest šŸ™‚

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    Jill - Mad about Macarons
    13th October 2016

    Oh my goodness! I’m all apple just now but you had me at cider! My eldest daughter has not long discovered this and I much prefer she drinks it via cake. What lovely photos of Falmouth – I’ve never been but it’s on my list! Thanks for the tour x

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      Choclette
      14th October 2016

      Thanks Jill. Hmmm, do you think it would work though? Falmouth is a great place, but so is most of Cornwall really šŸ™‚

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    Christina | Christina's Cucina
    14th October 2016

    If I wasn’t going out this morning, I’d be baking this cake! OMG, it looks wonderful!!! My godson went to the School of Mines nearby, but I still have to visit the area! Looks lovely!

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      Choclette
      15th October 2016

      Oh did he Christina? I hope he fell in love with Cornwall. It really is a beautiful place. What path did he take after leaving?

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