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Apple Cardamom Cake with Quince Frosting


A deliciously fragrant autumnal cake recipe with apples, cardamom and a luxurious cream cheese frosting flavoured with quince.

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  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 115 grams light brown muscovado sugar
  • 113 grams unsalted butter
  • melted and cooled
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 220 grams plain flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 100 grams raw almonds
  • coarsely chopped
  • 365 grams apples
  • peeled
  • cored and diced finely
  • 250 grams full fat cream cheese
  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp quince syrup
  • 20 grams raw almonds
  • coarsely chopped
  • quince syrup
  • to serve


servings 18
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 50mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Grease and line an 8" square baking tin. Preheat oven to 180C/350 F.

Step 2

Stir sugars together in a large bowl and add the butter, eggs and vanilla to make a thick batter.

Step 3

Sift together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.

Step 4

Add the apples and almonds to the dry mixture and coat thoroughly before stirring into the wet mixture until just combined.

Step 5

Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Step 6

Leave to cool in the tin before transferring to an airtight container until the next day.

Step 7

Blend the cream cheese, sieved icing sugar and quince syrup together until smooth.

Step 8

Spread frosting over the top of the cake and sprinkle over the chopped nuts.

Step 9

Apple Cardamom Cake with Quince Frosting - Step 9

To serve, cut cake into 4 x 4 (16) squares and drizzle with quince syrup.


Maple syrup can be used to replace the quince syrup, if it is unavailable.

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