Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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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
    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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Silver Cook
24th Oct, 2013
SO easy to make and sponge was so light, great result!!
Silver Cook
24th Oct, 2013
So easy and beautiful result!
Silver Cook
24th Oct, 2013
So easy to make and beautiful result!
16th Oct, 2013
Baked this today I was a bit concerned as the mixture was so stiff it was difficult to spread it in the tin however I need not of worried it was fantastic - I am trying to resist eating what is left of it before my husband gets to try it! I also sprinkled cinnamon and the demarara sugar on top which was lovely. I too did not have the right size tin so I used a bigger rectangular tin and divided it off with the greaseproof paper I was using to line the tin. Will definitely be making it again.
15th Oct, 2013
Delicious cakey pudding which we had hot, warm and cold till it was all gone! Used 600g of barely ripe windfall Bramleys which produced 450g fruit having peeled and cored them. Loved having the sharp fruit in an otherwise v sweet cake.
8th Oct, 2013
So nice and so simple.
6th Oct, 2013
Used cooking apples and eating apples also added cinnamon. Fabulous ... Half gone already. Will be making this again!
6th Oct, 2013
Very good cake! Used plenty of apples in the middle and it was very appley, lovely crunchy topping, and the family loved it too. Great still warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
30th Sep, 2013
I have now made this several times and we have really enjoyed it. I use soft margarine rather than butter, and my lemon usually comes out of a bottle. I have passed the recipe on to other people who have tried it and enjoyed it. I would thoroughly recommend it
23rd Sep, 2013
A nice, dense cake with a subtle flavour - I subsituted 50g of flour for grounds almonds and added 1tsp of cinnamon (though next time I'd add a little more). I also reduced the sugar by 50g and the cake was still sweet. I removed it from the oven after 50 mins as the edges of the apple had started to burn - most of it is cooked perfectly but the centre sunk and is a little too moist.


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