Easy apple fruit cake

Easy apple fruit cake

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(73 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Cuts into 12 slices
This cake has all the flavours of Christmas, but won't take ages to make - you can decorate it any way you like. Ideal for a wedding cake too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal350
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.63g
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Ingredients

  • 200g butter, softened plus extra for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

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

  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 eating apples, grated (approx 100g each)
    Apples

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    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 300g mixed sultanas and raisins

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the bottom of a deep, round 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper. Beat the first seven ingredients together in a large bowl (electric hand- beaters are best for this), until pale and thick. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold in the fruit until evenly combined.

  2. Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for 50 mins-1 hr or until the cake is dark golden, springy to the touch and has shrunk away from the tin slightly. A skewer inserted into the centre will come out clean when it’s ready. Cool completely before decorating. Will keep, wrapped in an airtight container or iced, for up to a week, or can be frozen un-iced for up to a month – defrost fully before decorating.

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crystalgulliver
13th Nov, 2014
I left out the apple and instead used Sainsbury's Mixed Fruit with Cranberries & Apricots... It tasted absolutely amazing but my cake sunk both times I have tried this! Does anyone know why this could be? Thanks! (Definitely recommend though!)
taitoops
29th Sep, 2014
5.05
I made this as a short notice wedding cake layer and it worked perfectly. Beautifully moist, great comments from wedding guests.
catriona1
13th Sep, 2014
5.05
This is a lovely tasting cake, I left the treacle out as I forgot it! no detriment to the taste though. Took longer that time stated but I read this from previous posts and for some reason the currants and sultanas sunk! Not one of my usual problems, did anyone else find this?
catriona1
13th Sep, 2014
5.05
This is a lovely tasting cake, I left out the treacle (forgot it!) but to no detriment to the taste. The only thing I found, apart from it taking longer than stated to bake, was that the dried fruit sunk! Not one of my usual problems, don't really know why, did anyone else find this?
bakeyka
30th Aug, 2014
5.05
Easy to make. Did it in a loaf tin instead of a round. Tastes lovely!
Phyllis46
15th Apr, 2014
I want to make this apple fruit cake as the bottom teir of my sons wedding cake I need to know the amounts of fruit ect for an 11ins cake
Turkeymad
29th Sep, 2014
I have just made a twelve inch cake and just doubled the quantities
asia213
22nd Feb, 2014
Lovely and moist, and absolutely delicious! Needed a little longer in the oven than the recipe says but so easy to make!
BBD-Lite
4th Jan, 2014
5.05
What a delicious cake! The grated apple makes all the difference. I used mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, apricots and cranberries) and molasses in place of treacle - still turned out very good. I too noticed that it was very crumbly the first two days but as it aged the cake held together better. Tasted better too (like all fruit cakes)! It doesn't need icing, just dust with some icing sugar.
spammy
9th Nov, 2013
I made this cake last week and its yummy. Kept well for over a week, going to make one for christmas and add some port to the fruit. Very easy too :)

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