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

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

doz123's picture
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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
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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
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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
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Am I the only one who found this recipe horribly sweet? The flavour was nice, but the level of sweetness was too too much.

saratresadern's picture
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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
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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

nomrsbeeton's picture
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just made these little beauties,
got to decorate tomorrow,
ive had a taste gorgeous
many thanks for this recipe its in my cookbook now!!

butcher's picture
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Made this last night- will never make a proper christmas cake again- simple and delicious

angemcshane's picture

Great cake. I squeezed the apples out a bit as they seemed very wet. Great result!

liencam's picture

How come this only keeps for a week? Is there a way of toying with the recipe to produce a longer lasting cake?

topsfizz's picture
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I made this for the first time last night and brought it into work today. It has absolutely flown off the plate. I found it very moist, but probably because I soaked the raisins and sultanas in a little brandy over night. Will definitely make this again!

whatscookin's picture
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Made this at the weekend as a test for Christmas. I agree with the comments about the longer cooking time and the crumbleyness (is that a word??) of the cake but the tast was very good and what's a few crumbs really. Will definitely be making again for Christmas.

diane7liverpool's picture
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Really enjoyed the cake but it did take a long time to cook.........but worth the wait

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