apple & blackberry scrumping cake {recipe}

Dear Annie,

Today was S's first full day at school. I knew that he would be tired when he got home, and also that he would be hungry. An after-school snack was required, so I combined some of our recently picked blackberries with windfalls from a friend's apple tree in a Scrumping Cake.

The recipe is adapted from one by Sarah Raven. It is a hearty and satisfying Autumnal cake, full of fruit and just perfect for hungry little boys.

Apple and Blackberry Scrumping Cake

225g butter

350g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
175g caster sugar
200g blackberries, fresh or frozen *
250g apples (about 3 smallish ones)
grated zest of 1 lemon
3 large eggs
demerara sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 180/ 160 fan/ gas mark 4

Line a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.

Pulse the flour, butter and cinnamon in a food processor until it looks like fine breadcrumbs (or rub it together using your fingertips). Put into a large bowl and stir in the sugar.

Peel, core and roughly chop the apples. Add to the other ingredients with the blackberries and the lemon zest. Lightly beat the eggs and stir them in.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. It will seem rather dense, but don't worry, just spread it evenly and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 1- 1 1/4 hours, or until firm to the touch. You may need to cover the top with foil towards the end of cooking to prevent it from browning too much.

As soon as you remove it from the oven, sprinkle the cake generously with demerara sugar. Let it cool in the tin on a wire rack.

Love from,


* I spread my freshly-picked blackberries on a baking tray, freeze them and then decant into freezer bags. This means that it is easy to pop a handful into a cake, pancakes, crumbles, etc. and also that they hold their shape better in cooking and don't tend to dye the mixture purple.


  1. Your cake looks delicious ... thanks so much for sharing ... I will give it a go at the weekend ... Bee xx

  2. mmm truly scrumptious! my big boy still always wants a snack when he gets in from school, this would be perfect, I just need a friend with apples.....

  3. Even if I didn't like apples and blackberries I'd make it for the name alone!

  4. Sounds delicious, and the perfect treat for a tired little boy. C.x

  5. That looks so very delicious - I will have to try it out!

    Pomona x

  6. I made this for my work colleagues- seems to have been very popular! Thank you!


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