Dorset apple traybake

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Cuts into 16 pieces
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



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 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)

cjrose75's picture

Yum yum yum!! Used 2 duck eggs instead of hens eggs and regular caster sugar as that's all I had. Turned out beautifully soft, golden and juicy.

weezie11's picture

This is a good simple recipe for using up apples from the garden. I added some mixed spiced and layered the apples with cinnamon to make it more tasty. Would be very nice served warm with custard.

htshepherd's picture

Made last night for a picnic today. It was really easy and quick to make and went down well at the picnic. A lovely light not too sweet cake. Will make it again as I think it will also make a good pus with custard.

brown_otter's picture

I added cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg to the mix and it was delicious!!

rorass's picture

i added cennamon but forgot to add sugar on the surface . it was a nice cake but the taste of the apple was not traced at all . next time i will try with another fruit may be dates

izumii's picture

I also stirred the apples in with the mixture before putting in the tin. This was less fiddly then the layering method in recipe. Also meant that the apples were evenly distributed throughout cake.

izumii's picture

Had a lot of golden delicious apples to use up from my back garden and came across this recipe. After reading reviews, I added a tsp of ground mixed spice and a tsp of ground cinnamin. This gave the cake a lovely flavour. I used half soft brown sugar and half golden castor sugar. I used less sugar as my apples were naturally sweeter than other tart/cooking apples. The cake took longer to cook then recipe stated but this could be due to my oven not being very good. Am unsure about the consistency of cake, as although the flavour was great, it was a bit moist. Perhaps too moist and undercooked?

kypnut's picture

nice cake but a little bland i should have added some spices, I'll make again but add mixed spice.

1cooking1's picture

Great cake - I agree that it could be served hot with custard too

21stcenturyhousewife's picture

The texture of this tray bake is wonderful, when looking at the batter i was worried it would be massively dense and stodgy but it came out buttery and light. however I added a teaspoon and a bit of cinnamon and a teaspoon of allspice to add extra flavour and it wasn't enough to make it really pop with fall flavours. Next time i am adding more vanilla and half a teaspoon more cinnamon and hoping for the best!

ina_vi's picture

Wow, I made this cake today, and it's just Perfection! :) Next time I'll add some vanilla ice-cream - I had none today :/ But my hubby loved it anyway :)

chickin66's picture

Really easy to make, but a bit fiddly to put in the tin as the mixture is so thick. I needed to cook mine for 65 minutes in the fan oven, but it was really delicious and have now made it twice.

kosicedeb's picture

Reduced the amount of sugar as used golden delicious apples. Also changed sugar to half muscovado and white caster as only had them in. Also added some cinnamon. Took an extra half hour to cook (my oven is not the best) but turned out very good. Better the next day. Everyone loved it. Will make again.

jkchapple's picture

Hi All
I made this cake today with windfall apples and added mixed spice, however I had cut apples left, so I mixed with the sugar and added more mixed spice and used as a topping. Took much longer to cook, but worth it.

plums1's picture

Does Mary Berry mind Leslie riping off her recipe? It's lifted straight from one of her cake books.

shazboore's picture

Lovely! I added cinnamon and used braeburns. Next time will use slightly more apple and slice less thinly. My kids couldnt get enough of it

julietulip's picture

Added a little mixed spice to the sponge ... but other than that I followed the recipe as is ... delicious! Will make again.

yassmina's picture

I think this is the best apple bake I have tried so far, very yummy...

maryechappell's picture

Lovely cake, will make again, may try mixed spice as others have done.


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