Apple & Oatmeal Cake

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This cake makes a lovely dessert served warm and topped with custard. Alternatively it is a perfect addition to a cup of tea!

Makes 80 portions


  • 200g oats
  • 625ml boiling water
  • 230g butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 120g castor sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • 300g wholemeal self raising flour
  • 160g self raising flour
  • 4g ground cinnamon
  • 4g ground nutmeg
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (460g flesh grated)
  • 200g sultanas
  • 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 200g toasted almonds, very finely chopped


  • 100g butter *250ml milk
  • 55g skim milk powder
  • 135g brown sugar
  • 75g oats
  • 150g finely ground almonds
  • 120g desiccated coconut


Preheat the oven to 180C, grease and line a gastro tray with parchment (530mm length x325mm width x 100m depth).

Place your oats in a bowl and cover with boiling water, then set aside.

Cream your butter and sugar in the Kitchenaid or mixer, until light and pale. Beat in your eggs and vanilla, adding one egg at a time.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl mix the sultanas, olive oil and chopped nuts.

Add the oats to the egg & butter mix. Fold in the flour, sultanas, olive oil and nuts and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared tin.

Now for the topping. Place the butter in a medium sized pan to melt. Add the milk and brown sugar, dissolve and bring to the boil.

Remove from the heat and mix in the oats, nuts and coconut. Crumble over the top of the raw cake and press in slightly.

Place the cake into the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.