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)

funster1's picture

Great recipe, very quick and easy. I made this for a Father's Day tea on Sunday and another one today because it all got eaten up really fast and everyone wanted more! I kept the recipe the same, apart from covering the chopped up apples in ground cinnamon before adding them to the cake which is really tasty.

swirlyjig's picture

Wow, I can actually bake a cake. I am fairly new to baking, and it never ceaces to amaze me when it comes out right. This was wonderful, me and my 2 year old son made it, I was a bit worried that his enthusiastic mixing would make it heavy, but nope it was light, airy and very tasty. My baking tray may have been a bit to big, I was a bit worried as I couldn't quite cover all the apple completly on the top layer and due to this I used about 3/4's of the apple, but I need not to have worried, plenty of apple flavour and plenty of cake around it all. Thank you for this web site. Off to make the apple fruit cake now!

susanweldon's picture

Really excellent - and versatile! IF there's any left, very popular in lunch boxes!!

staykalm's picture

Tried this recipe with an after schools club I run, everyone loved this and keep asking for recipe. Very scrummy.

thevon's picture

My whole family loved this cake very easy to make and lovely with custard or ice cream

convention's picture

I had friends round for tea & I served this cake. every one enjoyed it. they asked when will I make another. A very easy cake to make.

suestivala's picture

It was amazingly goood.... <3

babswilkes's picture

I made this cake for the first time on Thursday, I live in Spain and cannot get Bramleys, so I used Granny Smiths. I needed to leave it in the oven a little longer than stated but this just could be my oven. It was a real winner, I run a guesthouse and we are having a special weekend and all the guests are on a full board basis. I cut the cake into squares and served it with afternoon tea really yummy

parkin_michelle's picture

I've made this cake a few times and everyone loves it! It's so quick and easy to make!

mandyj40's picture

I have been wondering what to do with a tin of apples leftover from a christmas hamper given to me and decided to try this. What a hit! I used half brown sugar and half white sugar and served with homemade toffee sauce. YUM!!!

debsieeg's picture

Had loads of pears but no apples so made it with pears, added a teaspoon of ginger and it went down a treat at work, had to cook it for much longer than suggested probably an extra 20 to 30 mins but will definitely make it again, the word used over and over again was "moist", lovely

juliamccartney's picture

Stodgy and soggy - tried it warm with ice cream and cold. Maybe I cooked it wrong?!!!

krazykath41's picture

really yummy made last night, went down a treat with family & im work will definately make again.

clareholdcroft's picture

Very easy to make and tasty. Would halve the ingredients next time, as makes quite a lot!

deb666's picture

Really lovely cake that can be serve hot or cold, dessert or cake. so easy to make and looked great. I added cinnamon and it worked well with normal eating apples

deb666's picture

Really loved this cake, really easy to do and looks great. Can be eaten hot or cold, dessert or cake. Yum Yum

Frantic Flapjack's picture

I have loads of cooking apples left over from my tree and tried this one. Gorgeous and yummy. I'm eating a piece now!

poisondwarf's picture

Made this according to instructions, although adding mixed spice. It went all over the sides of the tin and took much longer to cook through. Is the tin size correct? Tasted wonderful though, especially warm with cream.

salleverton's picture

Brilliant. Definitely worth a try.

swanky's picture

This was delicious and really easy to make. Looked beautiful when cooked, even better than the picture. Really nice with custard.


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