Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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(179 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



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

  • 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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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 ;)
16th Jan, 2015
YUM! I used soft baking margarine (Stork) and instead of the lemon juice I just kept the apples from going brown by preparing them and leaving them in acidulated water (little dash of vinegar). I didn't layer the cake up I just stirred the apples in. Topped it with demerara sugar and a handful of flaked almonds. Really great and quick cake to make.
28th Nov, 2014
I had a glut of mangoes so replaced the apples and sprinkles some coconut over each layer of mango. It was delicious.
30th Oct, 2014
I had an impromtu dinner and a lot of apples in the house which prompted me to make this. I also made this after reading so many positive reviews. Reduced sugar to 200grams and one person suggested and also used half brown and half white sugar to get a more caramel flavor and was happy with the result. I also added some mixed spice (1tsp) and brandy soaked raisins. Was tricky to spread it as the mixture is quite thick. Bake time was about 45 minutes on fan forced oven. All in all happy with the output and would make again.
22nd Oct, 2014
I baked this in a large lined pirex dish which wasn't too deep and it was just right. I warmed apricot jam in the microwave and brushed it on top in lieu of sugar. Got rave reviews! Will definitely be making again to use up windfalls although I think it would work well with a variety of other fruits.
27th Sep, 2014
Very nice but far too big. I'll use half the quantities next time.


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