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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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.

blackmores6's picture

Took to France to share with my French in laws. They just loved it.
the easiest recipe of fruit cake I have ever made and tasted the best too.

aperni's picture
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I made this for christmas last year and fed it with raspberry liquor, it was wonderful!! I will definitely do the same this year!

ajnicholls's picture
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Fantastic recipe, so easy to make and so yummy to eat! Had to cook mine for longer than recipe stated but that isn't unusual for my oven! Was wondering if anyone had changed the recipe at all to make a larger cake?

lizhoof's picture
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Fantastic cake and so easy to make. Not sure if you are meant to peel tha apples prior to grating - i didn't bother and I don't think it made any difference.
Cooking time is longer than in recipe - my cake took 1 hour 15 or so. Can't comment on how well it keeps, as it was eaten within 2 days!
Will definitely make this again.

hurra03's picture
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Fantastic recipe. The apples were quite juicy so next time I might add another egg as it sank after 1hr baking. Very scrummy and doesn't need icing.

whatapudding's picture
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Fantastic, the whole family loved this cake.
Great with a nice cup of tea.

traceyallin's picture
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What a lovely cake. Very easy to make and absolutely delicious. I used 2 medium size eating apples and cooked for exactly 1 hr at 160 fan oven. Perfect. Will definitely make again.

sjcauser1's picture
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Made this cake and was concerned like others that it was crumbly on the day it was made but the next day and after freezing, it cut beautifully. It's definitely one of those cakes that gets better with age. Gave some to a neighbour who had just moved in to welcome them to their new home and received great feedback.

ness342's picture
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Forgot to rate it x

ness342's picture
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Made this cake for the 2nd time today really nice the last one I made was for a fussy friends 50th birthday and she loved it made on one day laced with brandy every other day for a weeks hen marzipaned and iced it and ate it 5 days later it was GORGEOUS

kit-e-cat's picture
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Sorry forgot the stars, according to her (and me because I tried it too!) it deserves top rating.

kit-e-cat's picture
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I think the amount of positive comments about this cake speak for themselves. My friend is wheat and gluten intolerant and I took a chance and made this for her using Doves wheat free flour and gluten free Baking Powder. I didn't ice it, as it really doesn't need it. She absolutely loves it, so as she doesn't bake, I make it for her when I go to visit and she slices it and puts it in her freezer for when she fancies a piece of cake! It is so difficult for people like her, especially with a sweet tooth, so any new wheat free cake recipes out there would be really appreciated

clairecowbags's picture

I made this cake today and it was a disaster :-(

I haven't got a clue where I went wrong! I baked it for 1 hour 20 mins and it came out very soggy and fell apart when I took it out of the tin. I followed the instructions but I did feel that the grated apple was rather soggy when I mixed it in - how can I prevent this from happening again?

lisavbrown's picture

I have made this cake twice now, once iced (for a birthday cake) and once un-iced. They are both delicious however I've noticed the quality of apple you use makes quite a big difference on the taste. I will definitely make it again, but probably won't bother with the icing as it does sweeten the taste quite a bit. I only needed to cook mine at 160 fan for 50 mins as per the recipe, it was perfectly cooked, lovely and moist. I would recommend this recipe to everyone, it's foolproof, easy and delicious.

maurela55's picture
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Made as a Christmas cake. Put brandy on it a couple of times as per christmas cake. Made it about 6 weeks before christmas. I have not frozen it and it is still very moist. Cuts well, thanks

lc_hammer's picture

very easy to make and delicious, enjoyed by all. will be making it again.

tanbridger's picture

Great easy fruit cake recipe. Very moist and very tasty. Didn't last long in the house!!

sweetlove's picture

This is such a lovely cake - the apples make it nice and moist. I have made it several times but find that it takes approx 1 hour 30 mins to cook on a fan 160C

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