Countess's cake

This recipe is from my mummy. I like apple cakes and pies in general, but this combines also some nuts, raisins ans cinnamon and it’s just really tasty.


  • 450g plain flour
  • 125g Butter/margarine
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 4 yolks
  • 1tsp lemon zest
  • 1tbsp cacao powder


  • 7 smaller apples, seadless
  • 2tsp vanilla sugar
  • 2tbsp granulated sugar
  • 70-100g chopped walnuts
  • 70-100g raisins
  • ground cinnamon
  • 4 egg white

Preheat the oven to 200 C or gas mark 6. Beat yolks with icing sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Stir baking powder into the flour and add it to eggs mixture in the bowl. Add melted butter and lemon zest, stirring until combine. Place one third of the dough in the plastic bag into the fridge. Add the cacao powder to the dough in the bowl and mix well. Spread a baking tin with butter and sprinkle it with flour. Place the dough from the bowl evenly on the baking tin. Grate apples into a bowl. Mix with sugar, chopped walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. Whisk white of eggs and stir it lightly into the apple mixture. Spread the mixture on the dough in the baking tin. Finally, grate the remaining dough from the fridge evenly above the whole baking tin surface. Bake about 20 minutes until the centre of the cake is firm and pale golden on top.