I don't know about you guys but when I think of tea cakes in general I seem to envision a gathering of high society ladies, chattering away by an antique mahogany dining table laden with high tea delicacies. I solely blame Hollywood and the BBC for this terribly outdated view and for my outlandish snobbery. So I'm not entirely sure why I went down the tea cake path the other day. Was it the pretty picture or was it through sheer laziness? Most probably the latter since the ease and transparency that this recipe seemingly provided, completely reassuring my lackadaisical demeanour was what won me over within moments.

Quick and easy; enough said.

Did I mention how straightforward this is? Child's play really and at times quite fun with the arranging of the apple slices and sprinkling of sugar. That said those parts also brought out that annoying, inner perfectionist who wasn't too thrilled when an apple refused to overlap daintily like his counterparts or when a small area saw too much of a dusting of cinnamon. He kicks up a fuss like that sometimes.

And though this cake may require little to no effort to produce, that isn't the most important factor at play here. Taste. It needs to be appetising no? Because what's the point otherwise? So you can imagine my mock horror when I discovered that this cake was exactly that. Not dull and super dry but utterly delectable; finger-licking good even. Yes that bloody good! It was also fairly moist and uber light and fluffy, like biting through golden gossamer clouds.

All preconceived notions now cast aside; I'm totally converted.

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 INGREDIENTS: 
65g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup self raising flour
1/3 cup milk
1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced

Cinnamon Top:
10g butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tsp caster sugar

Preheat oven to 160°C / 320°F and line a small round cake pan with baking paper.
Beat butter, sugar, egg and the vanilla together for around 2 minutes or until well combined.
Stir in half of the flour and half of the milk until incorporated then repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
Spoon into cake pan and level the top as best as you can.
Arrange sliced pieces of apple on the top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Stand in pan for 5 minutes then remove onto a plate.
Stir the cinnamon, vanilla sugar and sugar together until well combined. Brush the cake with melted butter then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top of the cake.

[ Recipe slightly adapted from Taste by Kim Coverdale ]

Et voila.

I don't know about you guys but when I think of tea cakes in general I seem to envision a gathering of high society ladies, chattering away by an antique mahogany dining table laden with high tea delicacies. I solely blame Hollywood and the BBC for this terribly outdated view and for my outlandish snobbery. So I'm not entirely sure why I went down the tea cake path the other day. Was it the pretty picture or was it through sheer laziness? Most probably the latter since the ease and transparency that this recipe seemingly provided, completely reassuring my lackadaisical demeanour was what won me over within moments.

Quick and easy; enough said.

Did I mention how straightforward this is? Child's play really and at times quite fun with the arranging of the apple slices and sprinkling of sugar. That said those parts also brought out that annoying, inner perfectionist who wasn't too thrilled when an apple refused to overlap daintily like his counterparts or when a small area saw too much of a dusting of cinnamon. He kicks up a fuss like that sometimes.

And though this cake may require little to no effort to produce, that isn't the most important factor at play here. Taste. It needs to be appetising no? Because what's the point otherwise? So you can imagine my mock horror when I discovered that this cake was exactly that. Not dull and super dry but utterly delectable; finger-licking good even. Yes that bloody good! It was also fairly moist and uber light and fluffy, like biting through golden gossamer clouds.

All preconceived notions now cast aside; I'm totally converted.

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 INGREDIENTS: 
65g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup self raising flour
1/3 cup milk
1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced

Cinnamon Top:
10g butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
2 tsp caster sugar

Preheat oven to 160°C / 320°F and line a small round cake pan with baking paper.
Beat butter, sugar, egg and the vanilla together for around 2 minutes or until well combined.
Stir in half of the flour and half of the milk until incorporated then repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
Spoon into cake pan and level the top as best as you can.
Arrange sliced pieces of apple on the top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Stand in pan for 5 minutes then remove onto a plate.
Stir the cinnamon, vanilla sugar and sugar together until well combined. Brush the cake with melted butter then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top of the cake.

[ Recipe slightly adapted from Taste by Kim Coverdale ]

Et voila.

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    1. OMG
      My favorite Dessert ever
      I love Apple Pie so much
      So yummy
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  2. Sometimes I wish I could just magically pull out the food from photos. Totally yummy looking cake and beautiful dishware.

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    1. I feel the same way every time I visit your blog Anouk. EVERY TIME xx

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  3. lol, I have the same image in my mind whe I think of this cake! And to be honest, Im already converted to it since is always my fav ever during the cold months. Sonia, you complain about my post but now I complain about visiting u! Im watering, wish I could eat a piece right now! Congrats, also the presentation and the photos are gorgeous! Many hugs lady xo

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    1. Ahahaha I am so glad I'm not the only one here! I wish I could send you a piece via email Lilli, just as much as I wish you could send me some snow! xx

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  4. You made my mouth water and now I will love a slice great recipe it does look easy to make, I'm not a baker but this is something I will give a try.

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  5. All of those definitely look yummy and delicious! I'm hungry now!

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  6. Is my boyfriend prefered recipe...so I take note!!!

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  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe, looks delicius XD
    kisses
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  8. looks like delicious!

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  9. Apple and cinnamon is my favourite combination, I can't make an apple pie or crumble without adding a touch of cinnamon so this is right up my street. It looks so delicious! I am a complete perfectionist when it comes to baking too. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog :) xx

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  10. Wow ,looks really perfect! The Pics are great ,the Cake looks super delicious!

    kisses :)

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  11. Wow, this looks and sounds so good! Really nice recipe :)
    xx

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  12. I'm pleased this was reasonably simple to make as it looks delicious and I'd love to give it a go sometime, although considering a pattern has emerged of baking from boxes, I'm not so sure that I can be relied upon! ;) All the same, your baking looks utterly delicious and has reminded me that I need something sweet.. off I go to track down some Green & Black's hot chocolate...

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    1. Ahahaha! I remember not too long ago I was slightly dependent on the boxed kind too. But you'll find it's actually easy to make from scratch. Seriously, not daunting at all G xx

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  13. I'M HUNGRY!!!
    Great :)

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  14. Looks really nice!!
    xx

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  15. DELICIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSS !

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  16. this. looks. AMAZING! ahh!


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    Kristin xx

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  17. oh yummy! that looks so delicious! happy halloween weekend my dear!

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  18. It looks so delicious! I will try this recipe!

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  19. Wow, amazing post !!!
    Nice pic <3
    xx

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  20. Drooling! Delish looking recipe :)
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  21. This looks so delicious. You absolutely did a great job!

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  22. I'm hungry just for to see it.
    Great post !!!
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  23. yum yum....I love apple pie......with cinnamon then it's amazing!!! xxx ilaria

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  24. This look delicious

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  25. I wish I'd know how to bake like you, missy! Everything food related that you put up on the blog looks phenomenal! I NEED a piece of that pie... now...!!
    Hope you're having a nice little weekend, love!

    xx

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    1. Well the camera can sometimes lie G ahahaha! I'd hardly consider myself anything more than just average but your praise is leaving me blushing. Wish you could come around and we could bake and get fat together xx

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  26. Oh my goodness, this looks delectable! Can I have some, please? I don't know how to bake, but I want to learn before this year ends. I just need a little push to do my experiment. Lol.

    xx Janelle
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    1. Go right ahead hehehe and well, if you're looking for something simple and straight foward to begin with a tea cake is as easy as it gets lovely xx

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  27. I love seeign these posts. You must be quite the chef/baker!

    Thanks for making me drool every time I visit!

    xo,
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  28. Hey Sonia, You always make every delectable looking thing look so easy to make. When I read "tea cakes", I thought they were tea infused cakes and thought what I lovely little cake that would make. I love the tea-infused macaroons from TWG. Nevertheless, apple and cinnamon pies sound just as delicious especially when they are home-made.

    RYC:
    Those were my ex students. How I really miss teaching and my students. Their words and their antics really made my day back then. Some of my primary school kids were always writing me little notes and sometimes they write notes to me on their worksheets too. I guess because I don't teach in a formal school and that's why they are bolder in writing those little notes. I guess as you said, it could also be the area you live in. The anti-static band did work a little. I get less zaps from my laptop when I use it.

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    1. There are tea infused cakes out there Jo, I'm curious about them now. Might have to look into one for my next post! xx

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  29. Wow it looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  30. Looks delicious! Will have to bookmark this recipe :)

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  31. Nice post,kisses.
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  32. I'm surprised to see a food post here, but it's certainly very refreshing! I'm back from my trip & resuming my blog hopping. Hope you'd a great Halloween, dear!
    Luxury Haven

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    1. I do occasionally post food porn posts here Shirley. It just has been a long stretch between posts! xx

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  33. Uh YUM, I'd eat this whole thing in one sitting. Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. And I see in your LinkWithIn thing that there's also a mint and white chocolate mousse cake in your archives. I must have it! K, dying over food rant over.

    And I got so jealous after you mentioned how winter is by you- you go out in bare legs?! I literally had to ditch an outfit today because I didn't have the right tights for it; it's maddening. I'm moving over to your side of the world!

    xo marlen
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    1. Oh ahahaha yep, lots of us do. Just check out Instagram for proof. They're rather mild, compared to yours that's why I am always in wonder when you speak of snow Marlen xx

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  34. I totally love this recipe! Have an awesome day.

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  35. Delicious looking cake, yummy!! <3

    I have a new post up, would love to know your thoughts:

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  36. Yummi! this is the most amazing cake!
    xoxo
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  37. this is one of my favourite flavour combinations sonia - who can resist freshly baked apple and cinnamon!? i can practically smell it from here x

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  38. ohhh.. im drooling now!! this looks so good!!

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  39. OMG ANYTHING APPLE THIS SEASON! LOVE!

    xx.M
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  40. omg yum!!!

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  41. I love your selection Sonia! Great jacket and shorts!
    XO
    Jeanne
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  42. Omg!!! Just by looking at it, I'm like drooling!!! It looked so delicious!

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  43. looks so delicious and apple and cinnamon are my fav
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  44. WOW ! It look so yummy.....love cakes in general ...thank you for sharing <3

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  45. This cake looks delicious Sonia, I love cinnamon.... may I Have a slice???!!!!
    Have a great weekstart darling!
    Love, Paola.
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  46. I love this cake!!!
    xoxo
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  47. apple and cinnamon cake...my favorite with no doubt. I've just saved this image and I'm trying this recipe to add something good in this slow monday.
    have a nice day
    xxx
    mari
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    1. Awesome, let me know how you go then xx

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  48. I do feel exactly the same as you - like we completely stereotype it!
    This recipe looks great and really simple, it's such a pity I don't have a bloody oven to try it out man!! Gah - BUT, I am moving into a beautiful new house soon and then....... there will be ovens and crack-free walls and new rooms to make so many new and amazing memories in - leaving behind all the old ones. Yay.

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    1. Oh no! No oven! I've heard people say they don't have microwaves but never an oven! I hope you find that dream home soon so you can create so many awesome memories - and tea cakes! xx

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  49. this post is so cool!! ♥ ♥ ♥

    New post on the blog sweetie!
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  50. Yammy need to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!
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  51. Looks amazing and beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

    xo, Amy Ann
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  52. Omg this looks amazing!! Apple is my favorite!

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  53. Oh wow that looks so good, thank you for sharing 😀
    Please let me know if you would be interested in following eachother on GFC and Bloglovin.Would love to stay in contact.

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  54. Thank you for sharing this recipe! This cake looks delicious and perfect for tea time.

    Jasmine x
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  55. Tea cake is sounds pretty good Sonia. I've never heard of tea cake before 😄 But your apples slices with cinnamon on top of them ummm I'm lovin it. I should give it a try with my boys which they're love apples and cinnamon both kinds.

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    1. You must, I'm sure they'll devour it within moments hehehe! xx

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  56. OMG I want some!! http://adribohocloset.blogs.elle.es/hermes-by-simplysouls/

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  57. yeah I'm hungry now I want to try to make it
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  58. Looking good!
    Xoxo,
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  59. Haha! You're not alone... I think of that too sometime :) nice photos btw

    xx

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  60. This looks absolutely delicious, almost too pretty to eat!

    xx Cara
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  61. Oh my word that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xo

    Michaela

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  62. The longer I watch these pictures, the more hungry I become, and this kind of cake with apple and cinnamon belongs to my favorites!

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  63. Oh this does look good. I need to find something to make for Thanksgiving for dessert. Hmmm.

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  64. Sonia, Sonia, Sonia. I'm so proud. This looks absolutely scrumdiddlyumptious lol! :) At times like this....I wish for a few things: 1) We lived close to each other. and 2) I could just get a whiff of this when it was baking in the oven. Perfect for the fall season! P.S. I find it hard to believe that this tea cake takes little to no effort. I think you're a more talented baker than you give yourself credit for:)!

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    1. Nawww if you lived closer you could totally see me blush right now. I can just imagine the mischief we'd get up to and the stuff we'd bake. Damn! Oh and trust me this really does require zero effort. Chuck shit in bowl, mix, pour and bake. The apples though, require effort lol! xx

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  65. So yum!
    And it looks super good
    I've pinned it
    in case I have time to make one.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yay! Let me know how you go then xx

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  66. That looks fabulous. Love the classic combo of apple and cinnamon

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  67. mm apple cakes are definitely my favorite way in how to use all the apples in fall! Yours looks so, so delicious, especially because you added cinnamon, which tastes so yummy! <3
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  68. Sometimes I like to bake in The oven just apples And Cinammon And Cans sugar, it's a delicious And healthy dessert!
    Baci,
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    1. Baked apple! Oooh sounds divine Coco! xx

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  69. Fabulous dear! great pie!
    kisses from Miami,
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  70. Nam!!! I will definitely make this :D

    xoxo

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  71. Hello, cue my tummy rumbling! This looks awesome. :)

    -Ashley
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  72. Omg! That looks more than absolutely delicious. I love the cinnamon on the apples.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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  73. this looks super yummy! oh, and I loved the plates!

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  74. That looks soooo delicious!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  75. Amazing post and images.

    ps; I'm now following you on GFC and bloglovin, I hope you can follow me too - fi you haven't yet. Thank you! xx


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  76. This cake (or flavour) is my favorite ever!! I´m obssesed with it. This weekend I´ll bake it (and eat it)
    Kisses
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    1. Yay Adriana, hope you enjoyed it xx

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  77. Would love to try out!
    Lena
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  78. Aw looks so yummy! Nice recipe Sonia! I love apple cakes! This is really great recipe!
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  79. nom! looks yummy!

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  80. Loos soo good! I want to eat it right now!

    <3
    ps. amazing blog layout!

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  81. Ooooh this looks so yummy!!!!!!!!! :)

    Layla xx


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  82. OMG! Looks amazing. Please mail a piece. Great post. Visit my blog for a chance to WIN a pair of vintage sunglasses.

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  83. It was perfect timing to read yr post! Today My father in law comes,who adores apple pies and wanted to try something different from my past recipes!mygenerouslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome, hope you all enjoyed it then xx

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  84. Oh wow, I need a slice!! x


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