Dorset apple traybake

Dorset apple traybake

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(174 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

    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 Jan, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous! A real family favourite and every single friend who has tasted it has asked for the recipe. A winner!
19th Jan, 2013
Lovely cake. Just on my third square to make sure I wasn't wrong with the first two! Used eating apples as didn't have cookers. Used 200g of sugar and it seems perfect. Will try it again with much less sugar and see what the brandy soaked sultanas are like.
15th Jan, 2013
Added sultanas soaked in brandy - scrummy
14th Jan, 2013
I made it for a party and it was a huge hit :)
27th Nov, 2012
I've baked this cake several times now, and it's a big hit with family friends and colleagues! Give it a go!!!
11th Nov, 2012
This overflowed the cake tin but I had expected it so put a tray underneath. Once the edges were tidied up it didn't look at all bad. It tasted really lovely (I did add cinnamon to the flour), my husband preferred it as a slab of cake, cold in his hand but I like it warmed with custard. Either way it's delish!
2nd Nov, 2012
Really like this. Very simple to make, clean tastes. I am going to add cinnamon next time.
31st Oct, 2012
Nice :P i like that traybake and i buy it here:
22nd Oct, 2012
amazing with fresh custard !!!!!!!!
19th Oct, 2012
Great recipe and I have made it several times. Can't understand why some people are having a problem with it being heavy or soggy because I have never found this at all. As I can't stand the taste of cinnamon I would never add it and don't feel that it really needs to be injected with a load more flavours. If your apples are good and flavoursome its all it needs.


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