Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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(177 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
    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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12th Jun, 2014
"Deee-lish! Just like we used to have at school... The only thing missing is the pink custard." Said my boyfriend. It took me a bit more than expected to cook, roughly 25 minutes more. But that's ok considering the result! Yum
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27th Mar, 2014
Delicious and so easy to make. It's a lovely recipe that comes out perfect every time. I usually add cinnamon and chop the apples into smaller pieces that I mix in rather than layering. Yum! The recipe is versatile enough that I have swapped out the apples for other fruits such as bananas, kiwi, and even blueberries. It comes out lovely every time! I have used a deep 20cm square tin and left it to cook for 15-20 min longer and that works too......
24th Mar, 2014
Hmmm, definitely nice enough, but nothing amazing. I will try again, but will add mixed spice and nuts like others have suggested. After 45 -50 minutes in the oven the middle was still very gloopy, although the edges were done. I kept it in another 15 - 20 minutes in the end. Baking is obviously not my forte. Oh well!
26th Feb, 2014
Wow! Easy, moist, light and really yummy! A keeper! Added cinnamon, mixed spice and might add walnuts next time to add some bite.
8th Feb, 2014
I made this bake this afternoon and it tastes great! I didn't have enough flour, so I used some cupcakemix I had lying around. I made my bake with one side apples, one quarter blueberries and one quarter cherries as I had them lying around and wanted to try it with other fruits too. It smells great, looks very nice and tastes lovely so thumbs up for this one!!
10th Nov, 2013
This cake is delicious. Very easy to make and so tasty. Would also be nice as a pudding with custard or ice cream. Great if you have a glut of apples.
6th Nov, 2013
This was delicious and moist - will definitely make this again, as the kids loved it.
1st Nov, 2013
Easy and delicious! After reading other comments, here is my version: substitute 50g of flour with ground almonds; use vanilla paste instead of essence for a richer flavour; mix the apples into the cake mixture, but retain some slices to place on top as decoration; finish with a light apricot jam glaze instead of the Demarara sugarAnd definitely less sugar t Han recipe suggests, especially if you are using dessert apples instead of Bramleys (we have lots of dessert windfalls!)
26th Oct, 2013
My cake is in the oven as I am sending this, it smells divine Oops I forgot to put the baking powder in - but as it has four eggs in it I don't think that will be a problem, it looks ok anyway rising well :-)
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24th Oct, 2013
SO easy to make and sponge was so light, great result!!


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