Easy apple fruit cake

Easy apple fruit cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal350
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 200g butter, softened plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 eating apples, grated (approx 100g each)



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 300g mixed sultanas and raisins

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  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.

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Comments (107)

dani-grrl's picture

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

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

Loved this cake so much have just made my second in 2 weeks!

janjan87's picture

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

Forgot my stars:)

bananeira's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

traceyallin's picture

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

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

Forgot to rate it x

ness342's picture

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

Sorry forgot the stars, according to her (and me because I tried it too!) it deserves top rating.


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