Dorset apple traybake

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


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Simple-to-whip-up apple cake that can be cut into bars or squares for a tea time treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal285
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 450g cooking apples (such as Bramley)
  • juice of ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 225g butter, softened



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  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 4 egg



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  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
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  • demerara sugar, to sprinkle


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a rectangular baking tin (approx 27cm x 20cm) with parchment paper. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples then squeeze the lemon juice over. Set to one side.

  2. Place the butter, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well until smooth. Spread half the mixture into the prepared tin. Arrange half the apples over the top of the mixture, then repeat the layers. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar. 3 Bake for 45-50 mins until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then turn out of tin and remove paper. Cut into bars or squares.

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Comments (222)

criminy's picture

I had an impromtu dinner and a lot of apples in the house which prompted me to make this. I also made this after reading so many positive reviews. Reduced sugar to 200grams and one person suggested and also used half brown and half white sugar to get a more caramel flavor and was happy with the result. I also added some mixed spice (1tsp) and brandy soaked raisins. Was tricky to spread it as the mixture is quite thick. Bake time was about 45 minutes on fan forced oven. All in all happy with the output and would make again.

AshCullen's picture

I baked this in a large lined pirex dish which wasn't too deep and it was just right. I warmed apricot jam in the microwave and brushed it on top in lieu of sugar. Got rave reviews! Will definitely be making again to use up windfalls although I think it would work well with a variety of other fruits.

Harvey150809's picture

Very nice but far too big. I'll use half the quantities next time.

skerries's picture

Lovely lovely A great traybake that works every time and I get great comments every time

caro1986's picture

I used eating apples instead of cooking and it turned out well. I also used a 23cmx23cm tin and it fitted perfectly apart from around 1/2 an apple left over that I couldn't squeeze into the tray. I added mixed spice and cinnamon to the apples as suggested and used olive spread instead of butter and it was lovely, light, moist and tasty! Would make again and might use the suggestion of booze soaked sultanas =)

Nico_cook's picture

"Deee-lish! Just like we used to have at school... The only thing missing is the pink custard." Said my boyfriend. It took me a bit more than expected to cook, roughly 25 minutes more. But that's ok considering the result! Yum

tangerinarose's picture

Delicious and so easy to make. It's a lovely recipe that comes out perfect every time.

I usually add cinnamon and chop the apples into smaller pieces that I mix in rather than layering. Yum!
The recipe is versatile enough that I have swapped out the apples for other fruits such as bananas, kiwi, and even blueberries. It comes out lovely every time!

I have used a deep 20cm square tin and left it to cook for 15-20 min longer and that works too......

Annie17's picture

Hmmm, definitely nice enough, but nothing amazing. I will try again, but will add mixed spice and nuts like others have suggested. After 45 -50 minutes in the oven the middle was still very gloopy, although the edges were done. I kept it in another 15 - 20 minutes in the end. Baking is obviously not my forte. Oh well!

ChileGuajillo's picture

Wow! Easy, moist, light and really yummy! A keeper! Added cinnamon, mixed spice and might add walnuts next time to add some bite.

miranda74's picture

I made this bake this afternoon and it tastes great! I didn't have enough flour, so I used some cupcakemix I had lying around. I made my bake with one side apples, one quarter blueberries and one quarter cherries as I had them lying around and wanted to try it with other fruits too. It smells great, looks very nice and tastes lovely so thumbs up for this one!!

caramoore's picture

This cake is delicious. Very easy to make and so tasty. Would also be nice as a pudding with custard or ice cream. Great if you have a glut of apples.

leppie's picture

This was delicious and moist - will definitely make this again, as the kids loved it.

Mitzi13's picture

Easy and delicious! After reading other comments, here is my version: substitute 50g of flour with ground almonds; use vanilla paste instead of essence for a richer flavour; mix the apples into the cake mixture, but retain some slices to place on top as decoration; finish with a light apricot jam glaze instead of the Demarara sugarAnd definitely less sugar t Han recipe suggests, especially if you are using dessert apples instead of Bramleys (we have lots of dessert windfalls!)

Cookie Jane's picture

My cake is in the oven as I am sending this, it smells divine Oops I forgot to put the baking powder in - but as it has four eggs in it I don't think that will be a problem, it looks ok anyway rising well :-)

Silver Cook's picture

SO easy to make and sponge was so light, great result!!

Silver Cook's picture

So easy and beautiful result!

Silver Cook's picture

So easy to make and beautiful result!

emdunn07's picture

Baked this today I was a bit concerned as the mixture was so stiff it was difficult to spread it in the tin however I need not of worried it was fantastic - I am trying to resist eating what is left of it before my husband gets to try it! I also sprinkled cinnamon and the demarara sugar on top which was lovely. I too did not have the right size tin so I used a bigger rectangular tin and divided it off with the greaseproof paper I was using to line the tin. Will definitely be making it again.

lizleicester's picture

Delicious cakey pudding which we had hot, warm and cold till it was all gone! Used 600g of barely ripe windfall Bramleys which produced 450g fruit having peeled and cored them. Loved having the sharp fruit in an otherwise v sweet cake.

vickiejamieson's picture

So nice and so simple.


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