NZ Woman's Weekly

Apple & berry tea cake

  • Meal Type


Always moist, thanks to the apple and berries, this cake is a beauty. It can be enjoyed with a cup of tea, but is equally scrumptious served warm with custard for dessert.

  • 200g butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g sour cream
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 150g mixed frozen berries (or fresh when in season)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon

1 Preheat oven to 170°C. Line the base of a 23cm springform tin and lightly grease the sides.

2 Using an electric beater, cream the butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes until fluffy and pale.

3 Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Fold in sour cream and sift over flour and baking powder. Mix gently until combined. Spoon two thirds of the cake batter into the lined tin and smooth. Arrange three quarters of the apple slices over the batter and sprinkle with half the berries.

4 Spoon over the remaining cake batter and gently spread around to cover the apple and berries.

5 Decorate the top layer of the cake with the remaining apple and berries and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

6 Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown, or an inserted skewer is removed cleanly from the centre of the cake.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

more of this author
Issue 1541

Subscribe to the magazine

Simon Barnett’s 7 magic rules

In this week's issue of New Zealand Woman's Weekly magazine: Simon Barnett reveals his seven magic rules for raising girls.

New Zealand Woman's Weekly is the country's most-loved women's magazine, bringing a wide variety of news, stories, recipes and helpful hints to the home every week.

Subscribe now

Subscribe to our newsletters

Receive the latest celebrity news, recipes and beauty tips, delivered right to your inbox.