Apple cinnamon tea cake (from scratch)

Submitted by Shannen Edge

Apple cinnamon tea cake (from scratch)

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Serving: 8
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs


  • 1 Granny Smith Apple (peeled cored and sliced and soak in lemon juice)
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling (Optional)


  • Peel core and slice Apple and soak in lemon juice and set aside.
  • Combine butter and sugar in mixer.
  • Add egg, vanilla essence, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
  • Add flour and milk alternately while mixing until all combined.
  • Pour mixture into buttered and floured slow cooker insert.
  • Push Apple slices into top anyway you like (unless very thin, they will sink to the middle anyway)
  • I added a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar over the top.
  • Pop tea towel under lid.
  • Cook on high for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until skewer comes out of the centre clean.


  • Turn slow cooker every half hour to avoid burning (1.5L slow cookers have a hot spot)
  • To make non stick coating for slow cooker insert (cake comes out easier and isn't wrinkly like with baking paper) Rub the slow cooker insert with margarine/spread on some paper towel, then coat with some flour. Tip out excess flour and set slow cooker aside.
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26 thoughts on “Apple cinnamon tea cake (from scratch)”

  1. what a great cake, i didnt put the apple on the top but im def making a double amount next time 🙂 loved it

  2. Lindy-Lou Blythe

    Can I ask please what do you mean by turning the slow cooker? Is it the whole ting or the insert? I know this sounds dumb 😐

    1. It’s not at all dumb to ask anything you aren’t sure of 🙂
      These are done in a 1.5L slow cooker which is a round bowl.
      Often they can get a hot spot on one side … so turning the cooking bowl around occasionally moves the cake around that hot spot rather than staying on it and getting burnt in one spot 🙂

  3. Do you think this would work ok with whole meal flour and almond milk? And instead of sugar some honey? Sorry for silly questions but trying to make things a bit healthier in the house

  4. Margaret Mayor

    Sounds lovely- I cannot see HONEY anywhere in the Ingredients. Would this work using a Packet Cake mix and adding the cinnamon & Apple ?

  5. I made this today (adjusted to make it diabetic friendly for hubby) .. substituted margarine for butter, used sugar substitute & wholemeal flour .. was very moist & tasty 😋.. found the cinnamon a bit strong so will use less next

  6. I’m going to try this with rhubarb. My friend gave me a great Rhubarb Cake recipe which I will convert to SC. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  7. This was the first thing I tried in my baby slowcooker. Tasty and moist, however I need to be a little more careful getting it out of the bowl lol
    I added some melted butter and cinnamon and sugar on top once it was cooked.

  8. Lovely cake I used apples from my tree that I had partly cooked and frozen a few months ago. Added sultanas too and it is thoroughly enjoyable!

  9. Lovely. First thing i did in 1.5 slow cooker. Use gf ordinary flour with 2 tsp baking powder. Loved it..needed to shake flour out better oops.. will defo do again

  10. First thing i made in my new wee slow cooker. Used gluten free ordinary flower and 2 tsp baking powder. Was wonderful…going on my treat list.

  11. Rodney Mayfield

    the recipe was very easy and nice but sadly my little beast of a SC (1.5L) has a large hot spot and gave one side of the cake a rather heavy tan (bit crunchy and a tad dark) still was good to taste
    P.S. used Royal Gala instead of Granny Smith apples

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