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)

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.

jane5238's picture

easy to make and very nice. Would like to add some spice though as I felt a little bland. Used granny smiths and they were perfect.

sarahfreeman's picture

Really enjoyed this. It was just sweet enough and lovely and moist. Will definately make again. Lovely served with vanilla icecream

stelaholder's picture

I've been making this cake for ages and everyone loves it. I often take it to work and it's a real success. Very nice with coffee/tea. You can mix the apples with the mixture instead of layering it - still tastes delicious.

mariabernadette's picture

This recipe is just FAB. Some of the luke warm reviews had put me off baking it. This was time wasted - my kids want me to cook this every week.

Very easy to throw together - I used Olivio instead of butter because I didn't have time to let it soften. It tastes lovely - in a no nonsense apple pie sort of way - except instead of pastry there is lovely light and golden sponge. And it cut beautifully. I didn't bother with spices, simply because I was in too much of a rush. I didn't miss them at all. The apple (plain old Bramleys) tastes absolutely lovely.

amelia123's picture

Lovely large cake, easy to make, delicious, will make again !!!!!!

burzulicious's picture

I made this cake last night using small, tart apples from a tree in the garden. I found that the cake batter was a bit thick and fussy to work with but the end result was incredible! I added cinnamon and lots of sugar to combat the tartness and the end result was just heavenly. And it's even better the day after! I will definitely use this recipe again!

elenapericleous's picture

Made this yesterday as i had guests. I live in Cyprus and couldn't find cooking apples so made mine with normal eating apples. Went down really well!! Really easy to make. The cake was really light. I also added some cinammon to the apples and served this hot with ice cream. Everyone loved it. A big sucess. Will definately make again!!

crinklecat's picture

I found this was far too sweet. I also found that by thinly slicing the apples, the middle layer disappeared into the surrounding sponge. Won't be making this again.

colandam's picture

I never thought something that tasted so good could be cooked so easily!

holmfirth's picture

I can't wait to make this cake tomorrow, it looks delicious, mmmmmm

miawallace's picture

Made this with apples from my garden and took into work, everyone loved it and all want the recipe. added cinamon to the sugar on top, great hot or cold.... delicious

miawallace's picture

made with apples from my garden and took in to work, everyone loved it and wants the recipe!! very easy to make great hot or cold. added cinnamon to the sugar on the top will make again.

ellionic's picture

Very easy to make the whole family loved it had with ice-cream and custard.

gervais's picture

I made this last noght as a dessert. I am living in Brisbane and as it is winter is was a wonderful comfort food. A very quick,easy and successful dessert. I agree that it is not exciting but nevetheless very good. I also replaced the apples with pears which I covered in ginger cordial which gave the fruit and the cake a fantastic hint of ginger. I would do this again but peel the pears next time as the skins were not so good.


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