Yesterday was a good day. A day spent at home with my girl. A day spent baking cakes and crafting houses out of junk – the best kind of day. We have a garden full of apples so we decided to make a delicious Apple, Walnut and Cinnamon cake from the Baking Bible by Mary Berry and it was sooooo good I thought I’d share it with you. It’s really one of those throw it all in a bowl cake and mix so you can’t go really wrong making it with kids. There are also lots of fun bits in between like spreading the grated apple, squishing the walnuts that are perfect for little ones. The end result is a really tasty, not too sweet, delicious cake!

To make the cake you will need:

  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g chopped (or squished) walnuts
  • 100g sultanas
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 400g cooking apples (peeled, cored and grated)
  • 1 level teaspoon cinnamon

To finish:

  • light muscovado sugar for sprinkling
  • extra walnuts (chopped) for sprinkling
  • icing sugar for dusting

You’ll need to preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / Fan 160 / Gas 4 and then prepare a cake tin by lining the bottom with greaseproof paper and smearing the sides with butter. Best done by little people, although Littlelish likes to lick her fingers afterwards – blurgh!


You need to add the butter, sugar, eggs, walnuts (chopped), sultanas, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and mix for 2 mins until it’s all blended.

Halve the mixture and spoon it into the cake tin. You then need to add all the grated apple and sprinkle it with the cinnamon. When you’ve done this you can add the rest of the cake mixture on top and sprinkle generously with the muscovado sugar and walnuts you have left. This was Littlelish’s job which she took very seriously :)

You then need to bake for up to 1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/2 hours until well risen and nicely browned. Ours took little over an hour to be completely cooked, I only just got it out in time in fact! So keep an eye on your oven, ours is particularly warm so it took less time.

You then just need to leave to cool, turn out and dust with icing sugar and ENJOY! We did. Oh and we may have added some cream :)

Extra tip for mummies: Is your little one learning to read? How about writing out some parts of the recipe in simple language for your child to read like I did with Littlelish? I wrote up 1.Mix for 2 minsĀ  2.Put in the tin and 3. Cook in the oven in large, clear legible writing for her to read at the appropriate time. The goal of needing to know what to do next meant that she concentrated on her reading well and was able to tell me! Good for little ones who need to have a reason for doing things like Littlelish ;)