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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alisar's picture
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This is my favourite fruit cake recipe, really easy to make, I've made this loads of times and it always comes out perfect! I've used this recipe for birthday cakes, mini christmas cakes and a loaf cake - very versatile and goes down well with everybody who tries it.

yoshivalley's picture

Absolutely delicious, loved by everybody, although it does need a lot longer to cook than recipe states!!

Harrysu's picture

Very easy to make and although pleased with the outcome felt it was too moist, I would have preferred the crumbly texture. I did cook it for my Mom and she really enjoyed it! Think next time I will replace some apple with apricots and glace cherries - as DLT`s suggestion.

epicurus's picture
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I am used to making fruit cakes in the traditional way and so was interested to see how this turned out - on the face of it, self-raising flour, 3 eggs and baking powder seems excessive - and the mixture did look curdled - but the result is superb! Very moist - yes a bit crumbly - but it tastes wonderful and like many others, I don't think it needs icing. It took much longer than 50-60 minutes though - more like 1hr 45 mins.

katieholmes96's picture

Really lovely recipe, made this as a Christmas cake for a party an it went down really well, lovely an moist, will certainly make this cake time an time again.

chocolatequeen's picture
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I just fancied a fruit cake the other day but after having already made 5 christmas cakes didn't want anything too taxing. This was great because they are virtually all store cupboard ingredients. Really quick and easy to make. I chucked in some nuts as to my mind you can't have a fruit cake without them! Also, I didn't have sultanas (okay, my store cupboard is a little lacking) so used mixed fruit left over from xmas cakes in place of sultanas and then added raisins as per recipe Also put in a spoonful or two of rum! Lovely result - only slight problem is that my cake is veryquite crumbly and this is a bit of a problem for my husband who likes to slap butter on fruit cake. Don't know if the recipe cake just is crumbly or whether it was one of my amendments that resulted in this. If any one has any suggestions as to why it went like this or confirmation that it is just a crumbly cake I would be grateful. Lovely taste and would definately make it again.

rachelmarkham's picture

Will this cake keep for longer than a week/

pigmad95's picture

Have made this cake loads of times, firm favourite with everyone-including my brother, who doesnt eat fruit cake! I didn't Ice it because my dad's diabetic, so it ends up too sweet. LOvely without icing, very most and yummy!!

paddywack's picture
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I did not have enough apple so used 100gm apple and added 100gm dried apricots and glace cherries, really tasty !! did not ice cake as do not like them too sweet, excellent recipe will do again.

evenings's picture
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I

evenings's picture
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I made this cake for friends and totally agree with all the above comments, and I will certainly make it again. I did not put the icing on the top it was not needed. It also freezes well.

melanieday's picture
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I really enjoyed making and eating this cake. The taste is yummy and it is not as heavy as a traditional fruit cake.

I also started to get to grips with icing - a new hobby of mine.

bl4k3r's picture
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Great recipe for starters and for experimenting as well! I've tried adding cinnamon and whisky with very satisfying results.

maseland's picture

Nice recipe, only after 1 hour it was still wet in the middle. So cook it longer.

nl90kt's picture
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Made this cake very easy & quick, added a few cherries very christmassy will make again

sef177's picture
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I have made this cake for the past 3 years and my family and friends can't get enough of it. Really easy to make and even easier to eat!

alexgee's picture

I am new to the programme, will certainly inform you of
my efforts, good or bad, honest!!!

ali-jane's picture
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I made and decorated this cake for a friend's 60th birthday and she was delighted with it. I must admit to feeding it with a drop or two of brandy after baking.

loustar14's picture
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This would make a great christmas cake and so quick and easy to make too!! really delicious.

catherinemedway's picture
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This is delicious. I don't think it needs icing, it is sweet enough!

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