by Mary Berry

One of my favourite bakes is a recipe for apple cake I created many years ago. This is a version of the same recipe but made up into individual cakes, which could be served warm as a dinner party dessert or cold as a delicious picnic treat.

Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need six 7cm/2¾in cooking rings.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

The best crème fraîche comes from a strictly controlled area of Normandy called Isigny-sur-Mer and it’s sold in larger supermarkets here. A half-fat version of crème fraîche is available from some supermarkets. Plain full-fat yoghurt can be used as a substitute for crème fraîche in cooking as long as you heat it gently – adding a little cornflour can help prevent it from separating.


Crème fraîche is sold in tubs and has a longer shelf-life than double cream. Store it in the fridge for a couple of weeks and use it as and when you need it.


Richer than soured cream, crème fraîche can be used to lace soups, sauces and stews or can be spooned over puddings and stirred into sweet dishes. It isn’t suitable for whipping though.