Donna Hay’s Simple Apple & Blueberry Cake

We’ve had my Mum and Nan visiting  this weekend and since I’m a semi single parent at the moment (Scott is out of action after falling off his bike and breaking his collar bone), I took the opportunity to get some baking done whilst I had live in babysitters.

I’d been eyeing off this recipe for awhile, and since we had a bowl full of apples and I’d stocked up on frozen berries through the week, the timing was perfect to give it a go.  It made a great Sunday afternoon snack/dessert. We ate it warm from the oven, it would be great with ice cream or custard – unfortunately I didn’t have either.

I was impressed with how quickly the cake batter came together, and we all agreed it was a very light cake and the texture reminded us of a tea cake packed with fruity goodness.  I was pretty generous with the apples and blueberries and I was happy that the majority of fruit stayed on top of the cake, with a few lovely bits sinking in.

This is another great Donna Hay recipe, this time from her book – Fast Fresh and Simple.


You could substitute with any fruit you had. We’ve got a ton of strawberries in the fridge, so I’m thinking of trying a combination of strawberry and blueberry next.


1 1/2 cup self raising flour – sifted

3/4 cup castor sugar

125g butter – softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 apple, cored & thinly sliced (I used royal gala apples and didn’t peel them)

3/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons demerara sugar


  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees
  • Place flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until just combined.
  • Spoon mixture into a greased 22cm springform tin lined with non stick baking paper.
  • Top with apple slices and blueberries and sprinkle over sugar.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until cake is cooked (I found it took an hour in my oven)

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