• Prep Time: 90 mins
  • Cooking Time: 75 mins
  • Serves: 8

Sugar-Free Apple and Spice Cake

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 Ingredients List

  • 250g dried figs
  • 5 pink lady apples (750g), peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • Yoghurt or double cream, to serve


Step 1
Place figs in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 1 hour to soften. Drain, over a large saucepan.
Step 2
Add apples to fig soaking liquid. Bring to the boil. Simmer, covered, for 3-4 minutes or until apple is tender but still holds its shape. Strain over a bowl to catch liquid. Cool apple on a large plate.
Step 3
Process figs until they become a puree.
Step 4
Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan forced. Grease and line base and sides of a 21cm springform pan with baking paper.
Step 5
Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter, fig puree and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Sift over flour and mixed spice and add 2/3 cup apple cooking liquid (see Note). Stir until combined.
Step 6
Reserve enough apple slices to cover top of cake. Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Top with half of remaining apple slices. Cover with 1/3 of batter. Top with remaining half of apple slices. Cover with remaining batter. Arrange reserved apple slices to decorate cake. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand cake for 5 minutes in pan. Remove sides of pan.
Step 7
Serve cake warm with yoghurt or double cream.

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