Apple Cinnamon Tea Cake

Last week I was told by a friend, one I don’t know all that well, that they were surprised to hear about my wild teen years and ‘troubled’ past. They had always thought I was so conservative. 

Conservative! I couldn’t believe it!

It’s been on my mind ever since.

It is quite intriguing how other people view you, especially those who don’t know you so well. I never thought in a million years that I would come across as conservative. Sheesh! And if people have these misconceptions about me, it is quite likely that I have my own misconceptions about others. Even ones that are as far from the truth as this.

When I was younger, mainly in high school, I was repeatedly told,

“When I first met you I didn’t really like you. But when I got to know you I realised how lovely you are”. 

Being such a backhanded compliment, I was always so confused by this statement. In one respect, I was happy that the very essence of who I was, was liked. But it still hurt. Why didn’t they like me when they first met me? What kind of weird misconceptions did they have? And why did they have them?

Last week triggered a flood of these unresolved questions. Not that they are relevant to my life now, but they are still a part of who I was, and are linked to who I am now.

After pondering a while, I have made the decision to smile more.

To try to be friendly, even when I am feeling super shy and self-conscious.

To not be annoyed at rude or angry people.

Because you just don’t know what it going on in their life. Apple tea cake bowlApple tea cake measure Apples for cake apple tea cake ready to bake

 Apple and Cinnamon Tea Cake

adapted from Teaching Dad to Cook Flapjack

2 eggs
175g raw caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
75ml milk
150g butter, softened
75g plain flour
50g plain wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon

2 small organic apples (I used pink ladies)


Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and prepare a 20cm x 20cm cake tin.

Beat the sugar, vanilla and eggs together for about 5 minutes.

Warm the milk and the butter and whist together until melted and combined. Pour this mixture into the egg/sugar mix slowly, whilst still beating.

Sift the flours, cinnamon, and baking powder into the mixture, and beat well to form a smooth batter.

Pour into the prepared tin.

Cut the apples into thin wedges, and arrange them on top of the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.


Keeps quite well for about 3 days.

Apple Tea Cake bite

Comments 4

  1. mscate 23/08/2014

    That cake looks delicious! It’s really hard when people have preconceived ideas about you, or get a completely different impression than you intend. I can be quite sarcastic, especially when I’m nervous or uncomfortable and I’ve been told it can come across as rude :/

  2. eatthismyfriend 24/08/2014

    Thank you for your comment mscate!

    It is funny how we behave a little differently when we are nervous. Someone quite close to me is also pretty sarcastic (which I find rather hilarious) but is often taken the wrong way, especially in new social situations. Us humans are complex creatures..

  3. laurasmess 14/10/2014

    What an interesting post. Weirdly enough, quite a few of my high school friends told me that they thought I was a ‘snob’ until they got to know me. It was because I was shy and didn’t always talk to people… so they thought I was deliberately being stand-offish and stuck-up!!! I was horrified when I found out. I guess quite a few of us have been in the same boat 🙂
    Love the idea of this cake, too (I got caught up in the other discussion and forgot about it for a second!). Apple and cinnamon is a winning combination xx

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