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Almond Apple Cider Cake and Feeling Full in Falmouth

Falmouth Apple Cider Cake

A splendid almond apple cake made with Cornish apples, ground almonds and flavoured with cider. The top, covered with flaked almonds and demerara sugar, has a satisfying crunch to it.

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. What could be more perfect than that? Read on for the recipe.

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 – One of Cornwall’s Gems

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.

Vegetarian and Vegan Eating in Falmouth

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.

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Almond Apple Cider Cake – The Recipe

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Almond Apple Cider Cake

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almonds, apples, autumn, cake, cider
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Choclette


  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 225 g golden caster sugar I use cardamom sugar
  • 3 large eggs I use duck eggs
  • 100 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 100 g white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75 g ground almonds I grind them as needed for freshness & texture
  • 100 ml cider
  • 3 medium sized cooking apples 400g - peeled, cored and diced
  • 25 g flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar


  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarb.
  • Add the apples and cider followed by the ground almonds and stir until just combined.
  • Scrape into a 23 cm round silicone cake mould or lined tin.
  • Scatter the flaked almonds over the top, followed by the demerara sugar.
  • 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.


Timings are approximate.


I’m sending my almond apple cider cake off to Casa Costello for Bake of the Week.

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

Almond Apple Cider Cake


  1. Janice

    26th September 2016 at 4:45 pm

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

    • Choclette

      26th September 2016 at 8:40 pm

      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.

  2. Queti Knight

    26th September 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Love the bicarbonate of cider!!!! 😀 Please don’t change it!

    • Choclette

      26th September 2016 at 8:35 pm

      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 🙂

  3. Henk

    26th September 2016 at 5:41 pm

    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 …. 😉
    Nice to read about the lovely days you spent with your friends in Cornwall !

    • Choclette

      26th September 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Yes, cider all the way Henk 😉 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!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    26th September 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Falmouth looks wonderful, so does this apple cider cake!

    • Choclette

      26th September 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Angie, both were completely delightful 🙂

  5. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    26th September 2016 at 9:21 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      26th September 2016 at 10:06 pm

      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.

  6. Beth Sachs

    26th September 2016 at 9:27 pm

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

    • Choclette

      26th September 2016 at 10:04 pm

      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.

  7. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    26th September 2016 at 11:33 pm

    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.

    • Choclette

      27th September 2016 at 1:05 pm

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

  8. kellie@foodtoglow

    27th September 2016 at 11:35 am

    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!

    • Choclette

      27th September 2016 at 1:07 pm

      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.

  9. Sus //

    27th September 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Cider, in a cake… yes please! I am envious of your trip to Falmouth, I have been longing to go for a while!

    • Choclette

      27th September 2016 at 4:00 pm

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

  10. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    27th September 2016 at 3:32 pm

    that sounds a wonderful cake! Love the crunch on the top.

    • Choclette

      27th September 2016 at 3:59 pm

      The crunch on the top might just be the best bit 🙂

  11. Helen at Casa Costello

    28th September 2016 at 3:03 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      1st October 2016 at 12:50 pm

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

  12. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    28th September 2016 at 9:11 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      1st October 2016 at 12:46 pm

      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 🙂

  13. Jill - Mad about Macarons

    13th October 2016 at 3:11 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      14th October 2016 at 2:44 pm

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

  14. Christina | Christina's Cucina

    14th October 2016 at 4:37 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      15th October 2016 at 10:51 am

      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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