How to Make an Apple Sponge Pudding: Dessert Recipe


Oliversmum is a self-taught cook who likes to try new and healthy recipes. Her preferences include biscuits/cookies, cakes, and puddings.

Apple Sponge Pudding - Dessert all ready to eat with a dollop of Ice Cream .

Apple Sponge Pudding - Dessert all ready to eat with a dollop of Ice Cream .

If you, your family, or friends like apple pie but feel like you need a change from using pastry, this apple sponge pudding recipe is a good alternative. It is very easy to make, economical, healthy, and tastes delicious. You can also top it with a variety of things such as ice cream, yoghurt, whipped cream, cinnamon, vanilla custard, or just leave it plain, the choice is yours.

Ingredients for Base of Apple Sponge Pudding/Dessert

  • 4 x Granny Smith (green) apples
  • 1 x Teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 a cup of sugar (white or raw)
  • 4x tablespoons of cold water
  • Few whole cloves (6 to 8)

Ingredients For Topping of the Apple Sponge Pudding/Dessert

  • 2 x eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup of self-raising flour (sifted)
  • 1/4 cup of caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt (I use sea salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon of caster sugar extra

Making the Base

  1. Peel apples, core them, and then slice fairly thin.
  2. Combine the apples in a saucepan with sugar, water, lemon rind, and cloves.
  3. Cover the saucepan with lid and cook gently until apples are tender.
  4. Then place this mixture into a greased pie dish (approximately 6-cup size).
  5. Remove all of the cloves.
Apple Sponge Dessert/Pudding ready for serving!

Apple Sponge Dessert/Pudding ready for serving!

Making the Topping

  1. Beat the two eggs and vanilla with an electric beater until thick and creamy.
  2. Add the caster sugar gradually, beating until dissolved.
  3. Then fold in sifted self-raising flour and salt.
  4. Spoon the topping over hot apples, sprinkle with extra sugar.
  5. Bake in a moderate oven 180—185 degrees C (this will depend on each individual's oven) for 30 to 35 minutes.

Note: Make sure that you add the sugar a little at a time and fold the self-raising flour in, otherwise the crust may go a little hard and not rise as it should.

You may also choose to use another type of cooking apple. Granny Smith is my personal choice.

Serving Suggestions for Apple Sponge Pudding/Dessert

A couple of serving suggestions. We have tried them all and they are all nice.
Hot Vanilla Custard ( homemade). Fresh pure cream. Yoghurt plain or flavored. Ice Cream any flavor, Cinnamon lightly sprinkled on top.

Most of the ingredients I use in my cooking are Australian grown and produced. So maybe some of the names you will not be familiar with, if this is the case let me know, I will endeavor to sort it out. A lot are straight from a farm, no nasties on or in them.

I hope you like this Apple Sponge Pudding/Dessert Recipe. It does warm the cockles of your heart on a cold day. :) :)

© 2010 oliversmum


Cassandra on April 27, 2020:

I have made two Apple Pies following your recipe one for us and one for friends.

We loved it and they loved it was yummy and we scooped fresh thickened cream over the top. C'est Delicieux.

oliversmum (author) from australia on January 19, 2014:

CharronsChatter Hi. Yes It would pass the Apple A Day diet and is very easy to make as well as having a nice flavor. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it is very much appreciated. :) :)

Karen Robiscoe from California on January 19, 2014:

Yum!! This looks outstanding--and easy to make, too. I am officially declaring this: my apple a day diet...;)

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 30, 2013:

SweetiePie Hi. It is very tasty. Hope you like this recipe when you get time to try it. We have a big liking for apples as well. Thank you so much for your comment. :) :)

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 29, 2013:

Looks like a great idea. I am such an apple person, so I will have to try it.

oliversmum (author) from australia on August 17, 2013:

Peggy W. Hi. Yes to both. Have tried this recipe with "Red Delicious" apples once, it was no where near as nice, so Granny Smith in my opinion are the best. Thank you so much for your comment and votes. :) :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2013:

Granny Smith apples are tart and delicious and I'll just bet that they are great in this recipe of yours. Up votes and thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Yum!

oliversmum (author) from australia on August 15, 2013:

stars439. Hi. You are welcome. Hope you like it when you get time to make this recipe. Thank you for your comment. :) :)

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on August 15, 2013:

Thank you for sharing you're recipe. I will definitely make it. God Bless You dear heart.

oliversmum (author) from australia on April 29, 2012:

KoffeeKlatch Gals Hi. It is rather nice.

Goodness with 2 bags of apples,you could make this recipe several times,plus apple crumble,apple upside down cake,they are all nice, and can be frozen so I am told.

Thank you so much for your votes and lovely comment, they are all very much appreciated. :):)

oliversmum (author) from australia on April 28, 2012:

2patricias Hi. It's nice to know that this Recipe reminded you of something nice that you used to make, maybe some time down the track you will try this recipe for apple sponge pudding.

Thank you so much for your comment. :):)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 27, 2012:

Sounds delicious. I just got two bags of apples - I will definitely be trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing. Up and useful.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on April 23, 2012:

This has reminded me that I used to make a similar recipe, but have neglected it for a few years. Your version looks yummy - thanks.

oliversmum (author) from australia on January 29, 2012:

Movie Master Hi. It is rather tasty.

I hope you like it, when you get time to try this recipe.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment and your Up Vote, they are both very much appreciated. Regards Oliversmum.:):)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 27, 2012:

Hi oliversmum, I shall have to try this one, it looks and sounds so yummy, many thanks for sharing and voted up!

oliversmum (author) from australia on October 17, 2011:

aware Hi. Nice to meet you too.

I hope you like this Apple Sponge pudding recipe when you get time to make it.

Thank you for your lovely comment. :) :).

Raymond Williams from Westpalmbeach on October 15, 2011:

Nice to meet you . Im gonna try making this


oliversmum (author) from australia on August 10, 2011:

Pollyannalana. Hi. It is rather tasty.

You can make so many dishes with different types of apples,they all have a slightly different flavor.

Thank you for your comment, It is very much appreciated.:) :)

Pollyannalana from US on August 10, 2011:

Does sound yummy and I like apple anything.

oliversmum (author) from australia on June 22, 2011:

Om Paramapoonya. Hi. It is rather nice,especially on a cold winter's day, and being so easy to prepare, makes it even better.

There are so many recipe's using different types of apples,each with a different flavor.

Thank you so much for your great comment, also for voting it up and bookmarking it. :) :)

Om Paramapoonya on June 21, 2011:

OMG this sounds so awesome and easy to make! I love ALL apple desserts. I'll give it a try for sure. Bookmarked and voted up! :)

oliversmum (author) from australia on June 01, 2011:

Rose Kolowinski. Hi. Sweets and biscuit recipes also have that effect on me.

This recipe has a great flavor,and Granny smith apples are my favorite when making anything that requires apples.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. :) :)

Rose Kolowinski on May 31, 2011:

Reading your baking hubs make me very hungry! This looks like another tasty recipe. Thank you for sharing!

oliversmum (author) from australia on March 20, 2011:

RTalloni. Hi. Would goat's milk be a good substitute for cow's milk in any recipe that requires milk.

This apple sponge pudding is very tasty, especially with the flavor of cloves going through it.

I love to see the ingredients used in any recipe.

Thank you so much for your great comment and voting it up.

RTalloni on March 19, 2011:

Always looking for recipes that do not require cow milk (or ones that I can easily use a substitution). This looks wonderful.

Also liked seeing pics of your Australian products. Adds a lot to the hub! :) Voted up.

oliversmum (author) from australia on January 06, 2011:

Truckstop Sally. Hi. Keeps the Doctor away.

It does have a lovely flavor, topped with ice cream,home made custard,pure cream, what ever you choose, it's nice.

You are most welcome. I believe the photo's give you an idea of whatever you are making looks like.

Thanks so much for your great comment. :) :)

Truckstop Sally on January 05, 2011:

An apple a day . . . Sounds delicious. Thanks for the pictures too.

oliversmum (author) from australia on December 23, 2010:

Tiffany Latte. Hi. It is nice, with the flavor of the cloves giving it a great taste.

Thank you for your nice comment. :) :)

TiffanyLatte from USA on December 20, 2010:

Sounds good, must try this dish.

jacks on December 01, 2010:

thank you for your reply. I made it (two nights running!) using your cup quantities but with a USA/UK cup measure it was still tasty and volume difference only really affected the ingredients relationship with the egg. It did end up with a hard top despite adding the sugar and flour a bit at a time and sieving the flour but I still count it as a success - thanks.

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 29, 2010:

jacks, Hi . In all of my recipes I use the Metric cup (250ml).

I did not realize that the Cup sizes were different until I did some research.

For your convenience I have put the conversion rates that I found in my research below:

Conversion for 1 Cup in my recipes =

Metric 1 cup = 250ml,

US and British = 1¼ cups,(one and one quarter)

Imperial = 8 fl oz

Thank you for your great comment and I hope you enjoy this apple sponge pudding :) :)

jacks on November 29, 2010:

hi are your cup measures American ones? I've already cooked the apples so will have to guesstimate the quantity for those.

Quite excited at trying something different to apple crumble (and the crumble bit never quite works). I have a lot of cooked apple in the freezer to use up so nice to have a different receipe.

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 19, 2010:

Jane Bovary. Hi.

it was the same in our Family, having Apple Trees in our garden, it was a regular pudding on our table.

It is nice, you could also make it with Pears if you prefer, that also tastes good.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment and your recommendation, It was very much appreciated. :) :)

Jane Bovary from The Fatal Shore on November 18, 2010:

Hi oliversmum,

Apple sponge was one of my mother's standards when I was growing up. Delicious. I too, recommend this dish!

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 04, 2010:

Hello,hello, Hi. That's great.

It is a nice Pudding. Hope you like it when you get time to make one.

Thank you for your comment, it is always nice to hear from you. :) :)

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 04, 2010:

Great recipe, wrote it down, a must try. Thank you.

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 03, 2010:

Zsuzsy Bee Hi. This Recipe is rather nice. I hope you and your Crafting Friends like it as much as we do.

Sounds like you are in for a great weekend and also that you can get most of your project's finished, It should be a lot of fun.

Christmas is not too far away, it sort of creeps up on you.

Thanks for your great comments, they are always very much appreciated.

We are all fine, hope it's the same your end.

Thanks again and Happy Crafting. :) :)

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on November 03, 2010:

Yum, yum, yum sonds just what I'm looking for. I'm trying your apple sponge pudding this weekend as I'm having some people over for our 'crafting-get-together'. (all we do is work really hard on our 'have to finish by Christmas' projects, talk a lot and eat great stuff, and this weekend is my turn to host)

Thank you for sharing

hope you and the gang are well

regards Zsuzsy

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 02, 2010:

@ Feline Prophet. Hi. That would be nice.

I have always told my family that I'm talented, now it's been confirmed, Thank you.

Your comment made me smile, It is ever so nice when you drop by.

Maybe I could make something and send it across, I have never had anybody drool over my cooking before, you are the first.:)

Thank you for your great comment. ( still smiling). :) :)

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 02, 2010:

Pamela99. Hi. Yes Granny Smith Apples can be used in so many dishes, hot or cold. They have a wonderful flavor.

Thanks heaps for your vote and your comments, they are always very much appreciated.

It is a nice Pudding and I love the flavor of Cloves. :) :)

oliversmum (author) from australia on November 02, 2010:

Agvulpes Hi there. Yes it has gone, never to be seen again, well this particular Apple Sponge Pudding anyway.

You do love your food this much I know, so the story that you are sticking too may just have a tiny hole in it. :)

Thanks for your great comment and Voting it up, that is pretty special. :) :)

Feline Prophet on November 02, 2010:

oliversmum, if only you lived a little closer!! You have a talent for making us drool at your creations! :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2010:

I am definitely voting this one. I love anything made with Granny Smith apples and your recipe sounds good.

Peter from Australia on November 02, 2010:

Oh yes folks I can vouch for this one. That serving you see in the picture was mine and now it's gone. Yummy.

I love my Apple Pie but this Apple sponge pudding has less pastry and helps keep the waist line down. Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it lol

Oliversmum you have done it again with this great Hub.

Voted up :-)

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