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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  • 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)

kit-e-cat's picture

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

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

amyraz's picture

Best ever fruit cake! Black treacle is a great addition as the cake is moist and sticky! Always very popular when I make it at home.

ness342's picture

made this for a very fussy friends 50th birthday
she loved it as did everyone else
just wondered if anyone had made it a few weeks in advance and how well it kept

lottylouby's picture

Made this cake at the weekend as was given some cooking apples. The cake was gorgeous. Very easy to make as you more or less put everything in at the same time and mix together. I only had caster sugar and had no raisins just sultanas. Still worked fine.
One tip i would give is to prepare your apples at the last minute, otherwise they will go brown! Luckily i did this but they were still starting to go brown just before i put them in the mixture.
I baked the cake for longer as suggested, for about 1 hr 25 minutes i think. Didin't bother icing as suggested.
The cake seemed to taste better the next day, and was easier to slice as i stored in the fridge.
Will definitely make again. I have given the print out of the recipe to my mum, who loved it, and she's really good at baking so she knows a good cake when she tastes one!

bioniclou's picture

Totally awesome. Cake is moist, light for fruit cake and not too dry, I have even mucked around a bit with the 'apple' ingredients and used apple-sauce and cranberry sauce instead!!! Still 100% great.
Will be using this recipe for a Ruby wedding anniversary cake.
highly recommend, Thanks Jane.

techman's picture

Lovely cake, definitely sweet enough without icing and so easy to make. A real winner

nanajan's picture

made this cake sunday for the scound time very easy, but this time changed it ... I used fruit ..and added sherry to the fruit' and O boy was a treat ....did'nt last long ... ordered are in for more ....

twinmum's picture

Easy and delicious. Everybody enjoyed this. Kept really well in a tin on a camping holiday.

doz123's picture

I made this cake last week with the left over dried fruit from Christmas, absolutely loved it even more than my Christmas cake made it again yesterday husband loves it, added cherries.

doz123's picture

I made this cake last week with the left over dried fruit from Christmas, absolutely loved it even more than my Christmas cake made it again yesterday husband loves it, added cherries.

doz123's picture

I made this cake last week with the left over dried fruit from Christmas, absolutely loved it even more than my Christmas cake made it again yesterday husband loves it, added cherries.

joanmaudsley's picture

Am I the only one who found this recipe horribly sweet? The flavour was nice, but the level of sweetness was too too much.

saratres's picture

This recipe was a big hit. I made the mix into 6 mini cakes by baking them in prep bowls and then iced them to look like little christmas puddings. They made lovely gifts for friends and tasted delicious - I had to sample one!

gayeinfrance's picture

Thought this was fabulous; it did take longer to cook than suggested but I was using an 18cm round cake tin.... doesn't need the icing unless for a formal occasion


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