Apple custard teacakes

A few weeks back the Australian Womens’ Weekly had a recipe for a Raspberry Custard Teacake in it. I made it. Three times. It was good but there was something lacking. Or actually more annoying for you see, the custard, it kept sinking. I knew it would, you could see it in the photos in the magazine but I didn’t want it to sink, I wanted it through the cake.

So I mulled on it a while.

And then, in making something else from the magazine’s cookbook 1000 Best Ever Recipes from AWW I came across a recipe for apple custard cupcakes. With some tweaking (the apple coming from its apple pie slice rather than plain sliced apple) I have found it. The best cupcake ever. EVER!

Use a traditional sized cupcake tray, not a muffin tray. I have also made it as a cake by doubling it all but it was a bit tricky and I burnt the crap out of the bottom of it as it – obviously – needs a while to cook through. Next time I’d probably make it as a slab cake rather than round tall cake.

Apple Custard Teacakes

1000 Best Ever Recipes from AWW

The cake

  • 90g butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup SR flour
  • 1/4 cup custard powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Topping:
  • 30g butter, melted
  • 1 tblsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

The apple (you’ll only use about half of this in the recipe but mmm stewed apples, put the leftovers on your brekkie – unless you have eggs, because that’d be gross)

  • 6 medium apples (just under 1kg), peeled, cored, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind

The custard

  • 1 tbsp custard powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
To make the custard:
  1. Mix the custard powder and sugar with the milk and vanilla
  2. In a small saucepan stir over heat until the mixture boils and thickens
  3. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl, cover the surface with clingwrap and cool
To cook the apples:
  1. Cooke apples, sugar, the water and sultanas in a large saucepan, uncovered and stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the apple is soft and the mixture is not too wet
  2. Stir in spice and rind and let cool.
To make the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line 12 hole 1/3 cup cupcake (or small muffin) tray
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, extract, eggs, flour, custard powder and milk in a small bowl of an electric mixer until ingredients combined, then increase speed and beat until mixture has turned to a pale colour
  3. Spoon 1 heaped dessert spoon (approx) into each paper case (or divide whole mixture in half then distribute half into the paper cases)
  4. Top with a heaped teaspoon of apple mixture
  5. Top the apple with a heaped teaspoon of custard
  6. Top the custard with another heaped dessert spoon of cake batter – try and cover the custard, yes, a bit fiddly but worth it.
  7. Bake cakes for about 30 minutes
  8. Brush hot cakes with melted butter and sprinkle over combined sugar and cinnamon
Try to eat only one.

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  • You’re killing me with this. I want it NAOW!
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  • Those sound incredible. Custard is one of my Favourite Things.
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  • Linda

    oh come on!

    i counted 20 ingredients and THIRTEEN steps to make these little blighters

    can’t i just place an order and have you send me some by express courier?

    and while you are at it,can you tell me how to remove the saliva from my computer screen?

    • Dude, I know. I KNOW. But look, it’s one of those recipes where you just find your rhythm. I made the cake version last week when I had a house full of visitors – they were sitting around the kitchen bench as I pootled around.

      And of course I’d make you some, on the condition you came for a visit.

  • You are personally ruining my waistline! I cannot stop making the custard for the tea cake which I made on the weekend. The custard slays me! My custard layer didn’t sink but it certainly wasn’t big enough and next time I might substitute lemon and lemon zest for the cake. Also, I made mine in a 20in pan instead of a 22cm one and I think this made a difference. So. I am definitely going to make these, I have some granny smith’s in the fridge now which I love in baking and will report back!
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    • The custard – I KNOW. I mean, we should totally be poo-pooing it because it’s made w/ custard powder, but it is

  • Try to eat only one??
    Who are you kidding?
    After all that effort I’d want at least three!
    Possibly four.

    • yeah, first batch I made I ate four in rather quick succession.

  • Susan, Mum to Molly

    Remove the horrendous sultanas and THEN you will have the best cupcake ever. 🙂

    • Susan, Mum to Molly

      Let me know when you go into production with that version and I’ll be ordering by the truckload…

  • Paola

    OY Kim, you are trying in every way to kill me with food instead of a tray!
    Good thing we don’t have the custard powder here … HA!
    I am drooling nonetheless … sigh.

  • Marlene

    Can i have a truck of these please ? Y’know 2012 and stuff…one can never know what will bring a next day 🙂
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  • Nicky Singh

    Those teacakes look awesome, I could definitely have a few with a cup of tea right now!!!! I’ll go on a diet tomorrow!

    Nicky Singh