Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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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
    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 (216)

helenthom's picture

A great way to use up my apples from the garden. It was great with ice cream or custard. I did have FAR too much batter though so would perhaps use a bigger tin than suggested. My 3 and 5 yr old loved it.

lorraineusher's picture

OMG, what a beautiful recipe.. Made a mistake in putting almond extract in instead of vanilla, but what an excellent addition, along with cinnamon sprinkled over the apple. Definately a family favourite now.

zainadam's picture

tried this today but added a teaspon of mixed spice and teaspoon of cinnamon..its ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! one thing though, the mixture was a lot and spilled out of the tin and into the bottom of my oven, which im going to clean up now! Either use half the mix or use a bigger tin than the one stated. The cke is really crumbly and moist...YUMMY!!!

annaejenkins's picture

so far this is my favourite way to store this season's apples; the freezer is full of these traybakes, which have seemed just as yummy once defroster. i'm hoping it's also a good way to use up the apples i've blanched and frozen ...

stookie42's picture

Very tasty, hot or cold. Will put some cinnamon in next time for a slight variation.

dragonma5306's picture

Easy to make but took ages to cook, at least 20 mins longer to cook than the recipe stated. We ate ours cold like a cake and it was moist and tasty. Nice apple flavour. I can imagine the pear one mentioned above would be delicious too!

clareyb's picture

I was looking for a quick cake to bake during a Sunday afternoon which would use up some apples, this was the perfect thing! It was easy and delicious, and will definately make again.

lizzies2's picture

I liked this cake it is ridiculously easy. We had a glut of plums so used plums in the base of the tin, added half the mixture, layered the apple then the rest of the mixture - it took a good hour to cook through though. Would make again and next time I'd add cinnamon or mixed spice, it was lovely warm with ice cream.

lizziechristmas's picture

easy to make; tastes really good and can freeze. What's not to like??

aims818's picture

turned out gr8! and taste really niice
but was little fussy putting it in the tray... it was a little stiff
then didnt have enough to go on the top ... he he
but looked the same really and taste nice! :)
was really nice with icecream x

mumsadragon's picture

Why can't I give it 6 stars?!! Wonderful cake/pudding. Not sure I did it right - I layered it mix/apple/mix/apple - but a great result. I'm sure it would keep well if it only stood a chance.

obelix's picture

Absolutely fabulous, the only change I made was the method of mixing to make it easier to combine all the ingredients. Wouldn't change anything else.

october84's picture

Very easy to make and went down a treat with all.
If your serving it warm it goes great with custard or ice cream.

deelurton1's picture

Quick and simple to make, am making again for Easter entertaining

parnie79's picture

This is really easy to make and goes down a storm on cold days. Recently cooked this for all my friends and they loved it. They were very surprised how light and moist the sponge was. Will definately be adding this to my recipes.

bonnierb's picture

This was absolutely gorgeous, I had so many apples from an orchard and I put them to good use. I also added dates to the layers and that was really nice. It's so large I think it will last the week!

DianaB's picture

Fantastically easy to make and so tasty, particularly good with clotted cream if you're feeling very decadent!!!

stripyem's picture

Gorgeous! So mosit and tasty. I put all the apples in a single layer in the middle. Lovely warm with custard straight from the oven and also cold the next day.

cowanv's picture

Not only does it taste fab, the SMELL in the kitchen as it cooked YUM.

marymcginn's picture

Delicious and so easy to make! I reduced the sugar to 225g and it was still lovely and sweet. I'll make this again.


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