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



    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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23rd Sep, 2012
Quite dry as a cake - lovely hot with custard on as a pudding though.
19th Sep, 2012
Lovely, swapped out vanilla for cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp & used a mix of apples. Mine cooked in an hour and 10 mins Defintley make again massive hit!!!
17th Sep, 2012
Family favourite, just can't get enough of it, make it at least twice in a month.
4th Sep, 2012
Brilliant Recipe. I didn't find it bland at all. i've been looking for a quick and yummy recipe to use up the apples from the garden and now ive found it! We had it as a dessert last night with cream and ice cream and the remainder will be eaten with a nice cup of tea!
2nd Aug, 2012
This is so easy to make, and a firm favourite in our house. Cold or hot with custard, it is fabulous. Making one to take away on holiday! Easy to make, everyone who hasn't tried it, should!
15th Jul, 2012
very easy to make and tastes great with custard
6th Jul, 2012
More like space cakes then traybakes.
3rd Jul, 2012
So easy to make and tastes wonderful.
30th Jun, 2012
Light, moist and delicious. I used golden delicious apples and added 1tsp of mixed spice. Baked for 45 minutes and served with ice-cream. Will make again and again.
11th Jun, 2012
I added cinnamon, few table spoons of golden syrup and a cup of ground almonds. Smells nice baking right now :)


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