Easy apple fruit cake

Easy apple fruit cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 12 slices

This cake has all the flavours of Christmas, but won't take ages to make - you can decorate it any way you like. Ideal for a wedding cake too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
350
protein
4g
carbs
51g
fat
16g
saturates
9g
fibre
1g
sugar
18g
salt
0.63g

Ingredients

  • 200g butter, softened plus extra for greasing
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eating apples, grated (approx 100g each)
  • 300g mixed sultanas and raisins

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the bottom of a deep, round 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper. Beat the first seven ingredients together in a large bowl (electric hand- beaters are best for this), until pale and thick. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold in the fruit until evenly combined.
  2. Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for 50 mins-1 hr or until the cake is dark golden, springy to the touch and has shrunk away from the tin slightly. A skewer inserted into the centre will come out clean when it’s ready. Cool completely before decorating. Will keep, wrapped in an airtight container or iced, for up to a week, or can be frozen un-iced for up to a month – defrost fully before decorating.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2005

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taitoops's picture
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I made this as a short notice wedding cake layer and it worked perfectly. Beautifully moist, great comments from wedding guests.

catriona1's picture
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This is a lovely tasting cake, I left the treacle out as I forgot it! no detriment to the taste though. Took longer that time stated but I read this from previous posts and for some reason the currants and sultanas sunk! Not one of my usual problems, did anyone else find this?

catriona1's picture
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This is a lovely tasting cake, I left out the treacle (forgot it!) but to no detriment to the taste. The only thing I found, apart from it taking longer than stated to bake, was that the dried fruit sunk! Not one of my usual problems, don't really know why, did anyone else find this?

bakeyka's picture
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Easy to make. Did it in a loaf tin instead of a round. Tastes lovely!

Phyllis46's picture

I want to make this apple fruit cake as the bottom teir of my sons wedding cake I need to know the amounts of fruit ect for an 11ins cake

Turkeymad's picture

I have just made a twelve inch cake and just doubled the quantities

asia213's picture

Lovely and moist, and absolutely delicious! Needed a little longer in the oven than the recipe says but so easy to make!

BBD-Lite's picture
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What a delicious cake! The grated apple makes all the difference. I used mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, apricots and cranberries) and molasses in place of treacle - still turned out very good. I too noticed that it was very crumbly the first two days but as it aged the cake held together better. Tasted better too (like all fruit cakes)! It doesn't need icing, just dust with some icing sugar.

spammy's picture

I made this cake last week and its yummy. Kept well for over a week, going to make one for christmas and add some port to the fruit. Very easy too :)

sezp83's picture

I made this cake for first time & had great feedback but its only just over 2 inch's high is that right?? looks a little stumpy to me!

rebeccafoxley's picture

Lovely cake, I didn't have enough Apples so I used grated carrot in its place. I also added glacé cherries and currants in place of some of the other fruit. Will definitely make again.

dani-grrl's picture
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This is the best fruitcake I've ever made - it's moist, well-spiced and so simple. I agree that it's crumbly, but we just eat it with a fork!

dani-grrl's picture
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This is the best fruitcake I've ever made - it's moist, well-spiced and so simple. I agree that it's crumbly, but we just eat it with a fork!

daisyjay238's picture
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Loved this cake so much have just made my second in 2 weeks!

janjan87's picture
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Really easy to make, made this as an Xmas cake to take down to my parents over the festive period, went down really well. I used only one apple and 400g of sainsburys luxury mixed fruit (sultanas, currants, cherries, dried apricot, dried pineapple and mixed peel) which worked well. I cooked it for slightly longer until a skewer came out clean in the middle. I covered the cake in ready to roll marzipan and left for a day to dry, then covered it in ready to roll white icing (my first icing experience!) I then made my own decorations out of coloured sugar paste icing. I also made this into mini fruit cakes twice as shown in the "goes well with..." on this page. Both times I topped them with marzipan, using white icing for mini birthday cakes the first time and made my own festive icing toppers the second time. All in all, a good fruit cake on its own and as basis for experiencing with different themes and finishings :o)

alanyalynda's picture

Lovely cake made it with shredded apple and carrot and a couple drops of rum. Light easy and very tasty...also made cuppies from it and decorated for a friends christening party - easy to decorate.

alanyalynda's picture

Lovely cake made it with shredded apple and carrot and a couple drops of rum. Light easy and very tasty...also made cuppies from it and decorated for a friends christening party - easy to decorate.

bananeira's picture
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Forgot my stars:)

bananeira's picture
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Delicious and easy! I made it yesterday for my workmates and they enjoyed it. But I have substituted raisins for dried cranberries and used granulated sugar and marple syrop, so my cake was a little bit lighter in color. Also I cut sugar almost a half, but it was still very sweet, good with tea or black coffee. Will definitely cook it again.

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