Apple Cake with Blackberry Compote & Vanilla Cream

apple cake with blackberry compote & vanilla cream

Wow, blog it’s been a while.

I have to admit I’m pretty envious of all these people that manage to work full-time/ have a life/ blog regularly. Since starting a new job a couple of months ago I’ve definitely struggled to fit everything in, but I’ve missed my little blog – and I’m really hoping to get back into the habit of blogging regularly-ish again!

Recently most of my baking has consisted of thrown together one-bowl chocolate brownies, underbaked to perfection. Delicious, easy and satisfying yes, photogenic & blog-worthy not so much :)

An apple tree full of big bramley apples in my garden and a back lane full of blackberries seemed to give me the perfect reason to get back in the kitchen and dust off my camera again.

This cake is adapted from my apple crumble cake, which is still one of my all time favourite recipes. This version is a little simpler, but definitely no less delicious.

Made with juicy seasonal apples, buttermilk and brown sugar, and filled with fruity homemade blackberry compote and freshly whipped vanilla cream – this recipe makes a lovely rustic autumnal cake and is moist and fluffy with a subtle caramel sweetness.

apple cake with blackberry compote & vanilla cream

apple cake with blackberry compote & vanilla cream

For the cake -
300g/ 2 cups cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
juice of 1/2 lemon
375g/ 2 1/2 cups plain/ all purpose flour
375g/ 2 1/4 cups soft light brown sugar
generous pinch salt
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
100ml/ 1/2 cup buttermilk
4 eggs
225g/ 7oz butter

For the compote –
375g/ 3 cups blackberries
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp sugar

For the cream
150ml/ 2/3 cup double cream/ heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or to taste)

+ icing sugar/ powdered sugar to dust

To make the cake -
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and lightly grease two 8″ cake tins.
- Muddle together the chopped apples and lemon juice and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Whisk in the eggs, melted butter, buttermilk and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
- Fold in the chopped apples until well combined.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the cake tins and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and risen and starting to come away from the edges of the cake tins.
- Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the filling and assemble-
- Mix together the berries, lemon juice and sugar in a heavy based pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes until you have a thick compote. Leave to cool.
- Beat together the cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread over the top of one cake, then dollop over the compote.
- Sandwich the cake together and dust with icing sugar.


P.S. I totally failed at getting a pic of the inside of the cake as I was a bit over eager filling it and didn’t wait for it to cool completely first (please do as I say, not as I do!) So by the time I went to cut the cake, the cream had started to melt over the edges and get absorbed into the cake (still tasted amazing, but didn’t look so beautiful!) Then once I got back to my little photographing spot, my cat had decided it was his new bed, so I decided it was time to give up!

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16 Thoughts on “Apple Cake with Blackberry Compote & Vanilla Cream

  1. Apple are blackberries are so delicious together, and your cake looks beautiful! The idea of putting compote in a cake instead is jam is one I will try, as I don’t like jam. Also, I love your cat:)
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  2. Rosie! This cake looks so perfect for fall. I love that there are blackberries in addition to the apple.

    PS – your cat. So cute. My dog sits right nearby whenever I take photos – I have to be careful I don’t leave anything where she can reach!
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  3. Beautiful! What a perfect cake for fall. Great to have you back :-)
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  4. What a gorgeous cake! I love blackberries, and the apple cake is such a nice flavor transition between summer and fall. I’m definitely going to try to make this sometime soon!

    PS: your cat is adorable, and he and my cat may be in cahoots – mine does the same thing :)

  5. This cake looks absolutely gorgeous and I can only imagine how delicious it tastes with those blackberries! Super yum!
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  7. That blackberry compote looks awesome! Yum!
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  8. Awh, your cat is adorable! Love how he stole the “scene.”
    This cake is gorgeous! It’s funny how we have to plan the shoot not in the same way we’d serve it. I’m still learning that, plus, I still forget. ;) Nevertheless, I’m glad you still posted it because it looks delicious and would surely be a “wow” piece to serve to guests. :)
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  9. So glad you’re back, Rosie!
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  10. Apple cake with blueberries inside, what a super cake this is! I actually like to fill cakes while warm so the filling seeps into it. Love the cat!
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  11. Yum – apple cake! This is so pretty and the blueberry compote is brilliant! I think about quitting the blog every other week – but I love it so much! I wish i didn’y have to work too :(
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  12. I too struggle to find the time to blog while I am working full-time. The times I have done best with it is when I actually schedule my time for cooking / taking photos / blogging. One would think that when you love to do something, you would just make the time, yet that somehow never seems to happen does it? I think your photos are beautiful, so I hope you will find the time! :) Good Luck.
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  13. I adore the combination of blackberry and apple its one of my favourites and I hate waiting for this time of year to have this combination. Thank heavens for freezers! Your cake looks amazing seriously delicious. Good luck with finding the perfect work / blog balance I’m struggling to find that balance as well.
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  14. What a beautiful looking cake, and wonderful photography. I love any kind of apple dessert, but this looks amazing especially with the added tartness of the blackberries. I must put this on my to cook list :)
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  15. I must learn your recipe. Your cake looks so yummy.
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  16. Craving for a slice! Looks great.
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