Chef's Delight: Apple crumble cake

Lavey chef Shane Smith brings us this delicious recipe for an apple crumble cake, a wonderful twist on a traditional favourite...


120g soft butter

140g caster sugar

Two large eggs

Dashvanilla extract

210g plain flour

One teaspoon baking powder

A pinch of salt

1/4teaspoon ground clove (optional)

2.5granny Smith apples peeled and chopped into cubes

50g plain flour

30g porridge oats

50g caster sugar

60g butter


Line the base of a 6” round loose bottom cake tin. Grease and flour the sides and base of the tin and set aside.

For the cake, cream the butter and sugar until soft and pale in colour.

While this is mixing, peel and chop the Granny Smith apples, set aside.

Add the eggs to the butter mixture one by one until combined.

To this add the vanilla.

Sieve the flour, salt, baking powder & ground cloves into the above and mix.

Finally fold in the chopped apple cubes.

Spoon this batter into the prepared cake tin.

For the crumble topping, simply mix the flour, sugar, porridge oats and butter until a sandy texture is reached.

Place the crumble mix on top of the cake batter and place in a preheated oven set at 180°C / 160°C fan / Gas 4 and bake for 45/ 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Once the cake is baked, remove and allow to sit for five minutes before removing the tin.

Serve warm with a spoon of semi whipped cream.


Shane Smith from Lavey can be seen on Today with Maura and Daithí on RTE One.