Our Head Chefs Recipe for Gluten Free Dorset Apple Cake

It’s been a while since our head chef shared any of recipes with us. So, prompted by a request from a guest here’s his Gluten Free Dorset Apple Cake.

We think it is very tasty and works really well with a dollop of cream, or even a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream, or…. if it’s a special occasion, like maybe a Friday or a Monday, go for a bit of both! After all if you’ve taken the time to make it, then it must be a special day!

Gluten Free Dorset Apple Cake

  • 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 450g Bramley apples
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 225g caster sugar, plus extra for dredging
  • 3 large eggs
  • 225g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder (we use Dr Oetker)
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp mixed spice + 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g sultana
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Peel and core the Bramley apples and cut into slices or 1cm chunks
  2. Add the zest and juice from the lemon and give a good shake
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder and spices together
  4. Put all of the ingredients (not the demerara) together in a large bowl and with a spoon, mix until a rough paste is formed without overbeating the apple chunks
  5. Grease a suitable oven proof dish and dust it with flour (gluten free) then pour in the mixture. Spread evenly with a palette knife. Finally sprinkle the top with demerara sugar
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-40 min on gas 5, 185C Check by inserting a skewer in the centre, and if it is not sticky and wet it is ready!
  7. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes in the tin, the leave on a rack to cool completely.

If you’re thinking of coming to Bournemouth for a break the Whitehall Hotel caters for special diets