Apple Tea Cake

Apple Tea Cake


I have been making Apple and Speculaas flavoured cakes for years now, always in the form of an upside-down cake, and always with the same ingredients. But this week, I decided to try something a little different, an Apple Tea Cake, basically my old upside-down cake but flipped on it’s head.. so now it’s a right-way up cake? Anyway… with just two simple ingredient substitutions. 1 due to a lack of butter, to compensate I threw in the jar of spare applesauce that was in the pantry, and 2, because my brother in law won a fruit and veg hamper at the local pub last week, I am DROWNING in Pink Lady Apples, so I opted to use Pink Lady Apples instead of my usual go to apple when baking, the Granny Smith. It doesn’t seem like a lot of changes, but oh my lord! It turned out soo much better than my original! It’s sporting my all-time favourite Dutch spice mix, it’s moist, fluffy, sweet and appley.. is appley a word? Anyway, you know what I’m getting at, its packed full of apple flavour! With both applesauce in the batter and the juice of the roasting apples soaking into the cake as it bakes… sorry, just had to wipe a little drool from my chin. I promise that once you’ve tried this applesauce cake, you will never want anything else! Seriously guys, I ate half this Apple Tea Cake by myself! It’s just too good! Plus it’s super easy, just wack everything into one bowl, mix it up, put some pretty apple slices on top and wack it in the oven!

#2 Don’t pre-prepare your apples. Apples begin to brown when exposed to oxygen, so put off chopping them up until just before you’re ready to use them. PS: You can also keep the skins on, I did.

#3 Can’t find pre-made Speculaas spice mix? Don’t fret, it’s not all that common. Instead you can combine the following the made your own.

8 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp ground aniseed
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp white pepper
3/4 tsp ground cardamom

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Yield: 6

Apple Tea Cake

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
It’s sporting my all-time favourite Dutch spice mix, it’s moist, fluffy, sweet and appley.. is appley a word?


  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 375g applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2tsp Speculaas Spice (see notes for spice mix if you cannot purchase ready made)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 medium pink lady apples (cut into eighths)
  • 2tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1/4tsp Speculaas Spice (see notes for spice mix if you cannot purchase ready made)


How to cook Apple Tea Cake

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. 
  2. Grease and line a 9-inch cake tin and set aside. 
  3. Combine flour, Speculaas spice, and 1/2 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl, stir with a whisk until evenly combined. 
  4. Create a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add 375g applesauce, 1 egg and 1tsp vanilla essence. Whisk until well combined. 
  5. Core and cut your apples into eighths. (lengthways so you end up with long, thin slices of apple.) Set aside.
  6. Combine 2tbsp of sugar and 1/4 tsp Speculaas spice in a small bowl. Set aside. 
  7. Pour your cake batter into your pre-prepared cake tin and tap the tin gently on the benchtop to level your batter. 
  8. Arrange you pre-sliced apples on top of the batter, sprinkle your sugar/Speculaas spice mix evenly on top and place in the oven to bake for 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake is removed clean. 


EQUIPMENT 9-inch diameter cake tin whisk large mixing bowl parchment or baking paper skewer sharp knife small bowl
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