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apple & cinnamon cake

Apples and Cornkisters is an annual event held at Pitmedden Gardens, a National Trust property in Aberdeenshire.  
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The gardens have a large orchard and every year they hold an event to sell off the fruits from the orchard, including a large variety of sweet apples, cooking apples, mixed bags of jelly making apples and also pears.  It is well advised getting there early as the queue to buy the fruit can be rather lengthy.
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This year the event took place on Sunday 28th September 2014.  Michelle and I went along with our families and I bought a number of mixed bags of jelly apples, some french crab apples and a bag of lovely small pears which I’m going to experiment with in a pear and walnut chutney (recipe to follow if it works out).

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Michelle went home armed with a couple of bags of Lane’s Prince Albert and Arthur Turner apples which she used to make this delicious apple and cinnamon cake.



Apple and Cinnamon Cake

Course Baking
Keyword apple


For the Apple Cake

  • 5 apples
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice apples, then toss with sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, salt, eggs, oil, vanilla, orange juice, baking soda and powder.
  4. Mix everything together - you will have a very thick dough.

  5. Grease a bundt pan and fill it like this: dough, apple, dough, apple, dough.

  6. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  7. After it has cooled, drizzle glaze over cake.



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