A treasure from my Christmas Special visit to Austria!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, grease and line a 20cm cake tin with a removable base.
  2. With an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until they are incorporated.
  4. Fold through the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom and cinnamon until you have a thick cake batter.
  5. Stir through the apple and pour the batter into the cake tin.
  6. The batter will be thick, so use a spatula to spread across the base of the tin.
  7. Spread the almonds on top of the cake and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Cover with tin foil if the almonds brown too much.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  9. As the cake is cooling, heat the jam in a saucepan until runny and brush over top of the cake.