Cream the sugar and butter together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and mix into the egg mixture.
Add milk in small quantities if necessary, until the batter can be spread into the baking dish. This step can be left out as the batter is sometimes the correct consistency if the eggs are large.
Spread the batter into the bottom of a greased ovenproof dish.
Drain the apple pieces and cut them into bite sized chunks.
Pack the apple pieces on top of the batter and sprinkle with the powdered ginger / cinnamon.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes at 180ºC until the cake is set in the middle.
Mix the sugar and cream for the syrup together in a pot 10 minutes before the Apple Cake is ready to come out of the oven.
Bring to the boil stirring frequently and then reduce the heat and simmer on medium for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Pour the syrup over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
Serve the cake warm or cold, with ice-cream and custard as a pudding, or with clotted cream as a cake.