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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.41 / 5 (357 votes)

Prep time:
30 min
Cook time:
45 min

James Martin bakes an autumnal cinnamon spiked apple cake filled with whipped cream and topped with crumble and a drizzle of fudge


1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 180C/150C fan /gas 4. Grease and line a 25cm spring form cake tin.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar in an electric stand mixer or by hand. Add the cinnamon and the maple syrup to the butter and sugar. Once mixed together, add the eggs, one at a time.

3. Use a spatula to fold in the flour, pecan nuts and half of the diced apples but don't fully mix it together. Put the mixture into the cake tin and use a spatula to smooth over the top.

4. For the crumble: rub the cold butter into the flour and sugar until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the cake mixture, add the rest of the diced apples and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Leave to cool.

5. For the fudge topping: put brown sugar, butter, maple syrup and cream into a pan and bring to the boil until the bubbles start to come away from the edge of the pan.

6. When the cake is cool, slice it in half horizontally and sandwich the cake together with the whipped cream - you may not need all of it. Put the top on the cake and drizzle over the fudge topping.


For the cake

  • 250 g butter
  • 250 g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • 50 g pecans
  • 2 apples, cored and diced

For the crumble

  • 50 g butter, cold
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 50 g light soft brown sugar

For the fudge topping

  • 25 g brown sugar
  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g maple syrup
  • 50 ml double cream

For the filling

Tips and suggestions

When adding the ground cinnamon to the cake mixture, you can also add a touch of nutmeg and clove for a spicier finish if you wish

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Latest Comment


Elena Iksar Elena Iksar  Posted 05 Nov 2014 12:12 PM

at the moment this cake has been in the oven for 1 hour and is still not cooked

petsmum3 petsmum3  Posted 06 Sep 2014 3:29 PM


musha1 musha1  Posted 20 May 2013 7:41 PM

I made this with my 12 year old son today and it is absolutely delicious. I am pleased to see we are not the only ones whose cake took much longer to cook, about an hour and a half too. It was still raw cake mix after 30 minutes. We also covered the top of the cake with foil after an hour to stop it from burning. We used a 20cm cake tin and omitted the cream filling as we don't like it. But, the fudge sauce is a must, highly recommend it. Excellent show, especially as we went to the east coast of USA last year. My son now wants a Kitchenaid mixer for his birthday!

TinaB85192 TinaB85192 Posted 24 Mar 2013 9:58 PM

Looks and tastes good, but it took an 90 mins...not 30 :(

LouiseP86527 LouiseP86527 Posted 13 Mar 2013 10:27 PM

made this on sunday..
luv it, the family loved it.
will be making more

AmalA28065 AmalA28065 Posted 06 Mar 2013 12:08 PM

tasted excellent - as with other person took 1 hour to cook not 30 mins

chrisC6567 chrisC6567 Posted 03 Mar 2013 2:54 PM

Would I need to replace the Pecans with anything if I took them out or would it just change the internal structure of the cake?

ZoeP26173 ZoeP26173 Posted 02 Mar 2013 1:29 PM

FatimaE67639 FatimaE67639 Posted 26 Feb 2013 12:50 PM

I saw this recipe on tv yesterday and I just had to try it. I made my cake with margarine and used a 7inch loose based cake tin I omitted the cream filling and the toffee sauce as the cake looked and smelled so amazing as it was(and to save on extra calories Smile. The cake took longer to bake about an hour but it was worth the wait! Amazing recipe!

FatimaE67639 FatimaE67639 Posted 26 Feb 2013 12:49 PM

Hi Angeela, glad you watched the show - you'll need 25g maple syrup and I have updated the recipe.

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food Posted 25 Feb 2013 9:13 AM

Hello. In the method for the fudge sauce it mentions maple syrup which I saw James Martin put in on the show but is missed out on the ingredients list so can u tell me quantity. Thankyou

AngeelaS48943 AngeelaS48943 Posted 25 Feb 2013 5:18 AM