Rye and apple tea cake with mandarin ginger jam

Rye and apple tea cake with mandarin ginger jam

Veteran baker, pastry chef and recipe developer Rod Shokuhi recently farewelled his most recent position with Beasley’s Teahouse to pursue an entirely different career path; taking up studying to become an operating theatre technician. However, he hasn’t downed tools in the kitchen completely, and still enjoys coming up with fresh recipes to complement the season and delight the senses. He has kindly allowed us to republish this recipe he created for his family and friends; a stunning rye and apple tea cake with mandarin ginger jam. 

Serving Size

Makes one cake


For the cake:
200g rye wholemeal flour
250g self raising flour
400g castor sugar
100g caramel
3 pink lady apples
10g baking powder
5g bi carb soda
500g milk
200g olive oil
2 tsp yoghurt
For the jam:
1 mandarin skin on, small dice
100g sugar
1 tsp grated fresh ginger


Preheat oven to 170C (fan-forced).

To make the jam:

Place all ingredients in a pan with a small amount of water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until it thickens slightly.

Place aside to cool in the pan.

To make the cake:

In a bowl mix together flours, caster sugar, caramel, baking powder and bi carb soda.

Add milk, olive oil and yoghurt and mix until there are no lumps.

Pour batter into a prepared cake tin and cover the top with diced apples.

TIP: I caramelised my apples with a little sugar and dried ginger first then added a little water to stew them a little.

Bake, covered, for 30-45 minutes.

Brush on jam while still warm from the oven, then allow to cool at room temperature.

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  1. Paula

    26 June

    Thank you for this recipe. Quick question, what do you mean with ‘caramel’ as an ingredient? It is just sugar made into caramel, left to harden and then processed into powder? Thank you

    • Rod Shokuhi

      20 June

      Hi Paula 👋
      Caramel in this recipe is just castor sugar and water brought to 170c, taken off the heat then a little boiling water added to it very slowly (caution, roll your sleeves down – the caramel will spit!). Like when making creme caramel.
      I had some leftover in the pantry at the time 👌

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