Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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(173 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Cuts into 16 pieces
Simple-to-whip-up apple cake that can be cut into bars or squares for a tea time treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal285
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 450g cooking apples (such as Bramley)
  • juice of ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 225g butter, softened



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  • 280g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs



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  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
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  • demerara sugar, to sprinkle


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a rectangular baking tin (approx 27cm x 20cm) with parchment paper. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples then squeeze the lemon juice over. Set to one side.

  2. Place the butter, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well until smooth. Spread half the mixture into the prepared tin. Arrange half the apples over the top of the mixture, then repeat the layers. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar. 3 Bake for 45-50 mins until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then turn out of tin and remove paper. Cut into bars or squares.

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27th May, 2016
Although the result looked nothing like the picture this cake tasted utterly yum! I agree with previous comment though, was very thick and hard to layer.
1st May, 2016
I found this recipe to be quite thick making it hard to layer. It was cooked after 50 min on the outside but still slightly undercooked in the middle so had to leave 10min longer. Cake overall is quite dry to eat (probably due to longer cook). Definitely not a 5star recipe but will try again and possibly use larger eggs.
30th Apr, 2016
Looked great and tasted great. Everyone loved it, so what more could you ask for. =)
12th Feb, 2016
Smells delicious as it's in my oven right now, but my goodness did it made a lot! I filled a cake tin to the brim, and 12 cupcake cases! Looks like we'll be eating this for breakfast lunch and dinner! Also had to add some milk as suggested in comments as it was too stiff to work with! Would probably halve the recipe next time!
27th Oct, 2015
Lovely easy recipe, although I think you could use less sugar as it was rather sweet. Had my first piece warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream. The remainder won't stay around for long; very tasty. Will definitely make again maybe with the addition of some blackberries or blueberries.
22nd Oct, 2015
What an easy breezy recipe with delicious results (plus it made the house smell so wholesome)! I had to use up some cooking apples from a friend's garden and this recipe's perfect. I added a dash of cinnamon in the batter and dessicated coconut over the top. Great for sharing with old and new friends.
5th Oct, 2015
Tried this yesterday. V tasty. I made a few changes for various reasons: added olive oil to make up for lack of butter; soaked apple pieces in Calvados rather than lemon juice; added sultanas and cinnamon; used caster sugar rather than demerara on top. Apples were windfalls and I think are dessert apples. Still delicious and quick to make.
11th Aug, 2015
I swapped vanilla for cinnamon and cut back on the sugar a little bit. I used cooking apples from my garden. The first time I made it I added an extra 2 eggs and this time I did it with added milk. Either way, I felt the mixture to be too dry without the added extras. Despite that tho, it was a lovely cake and definitely going into my 'Granny's Recipe Book' for my grandchildren :)
11th May, 2015
Used dessert apples, so only used 150g of sugar. Didn't have golden caster sugar so used ordinary white granulated. Added in some dried mixed fruit and mixed spice to the apples. I found the layering a little tricky as I misjudged the amount of sponge needed for the 2nd layer, but when it came out of the oven it was delicious. Excellent warm with a spot of vanilla ice cream.
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16th Mar, 2015
I used golden caster sugar and halved the amount to 140g and used gluten free flour and dairy free spread - I didn't sprinkle with demerara but it was absolutely delicious and plenty sweet enough. Will be gorgeous with custard ;)


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Fairy Mary
2nd Mar, 2014
Could you use this cake mix in an 8 cavity mini loaf tin if so would you have to change the baking time ?
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10th Mar, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Yes you could use mini loaf tins. We'd reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes, then check them with a skewer and add bake for a few more minutes if they're not quite done.
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Fairy Mary
2nd Mar, 2014
Could I use this recipe in mini brownie loaf tins ?
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Fairy Mary
1st Mar, 2014
Could you use a brownie mini loaf tin instead of a baking tin? It's actually a 8 mini brownie loaf tin
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Fairy Mary
6th Feb, 2014
Could you replace the apple slices with pineapple ? I have never been able to make a cake before till I tried this recipe not only did it rise brilliantly it went down brilliantly as well I was so pleased will definitely use this recipe again and again .
3rd Dec, 2014
I replaced the Apple with Mango and sprinkled a bit of coconut over the fruit. It is delicious. This récipe adapts well to most fruit.
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13th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question - it's great to hear you enjoyed the cake so much! Yes, pineapple would work well in this recipe. Let us know how it turns out!BBC Good Food team
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Fairy Mary
2nd Mar, 2014
The cake was still good but preferred it with apple still a lovely cake


11th Sep, 2013
This is a lovely cake I cooked one with just apple and added a few blackberries to another everyone thought it was even better than just apple.