Easy apple fruit cake

Easy apple fruit cake

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(93 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


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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  • 200g butter, softened plus extra for greasing



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  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 eating apples, grated (approx 100g each)



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  • 300g mixed sultanas and raisins


  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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12th Feb, 2015
A really delicious cake, so moist because of the apple. I used a mix of cinnamon and some freshly grated ginger as well as a mix of sultanas, apricots, dates and prunes. Fab! The whole family loved it. I'll definitely do this one again.
15th Dec, 2014
Have just made this again today, my third making of this cake in a new house and with a new range cooker! I used Tesco's pre soaked dried fruit mix and also soaked it in cherry brandy overnight which made the fruit lovely and plump and juicy. Used 400g of this and just one apple. I put the grated apple in a sieve and squeezed out as much juice as possible. The cake took 2 hours to cook at fan 160 which I was very surprised about but as it cooked nice and evenly I won't moan too much! Once the cake was cooled, I used a skewer to make holes in it and fed it a couple of tablespoons of cherry brandy. Then allowed it to dry a bit and double wrapped it in baking parchment then foil and into an airtight container it goes. I've baked this late this year so probably another feed or two before Xmas don't want it too soggy!
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!)
29th Sep, 2014
I made this as a short notice wedding cake layer and it worked perfectly. Beautifully moist, great comments from wedding guests.
13th Sep, 2014
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?
13th Sep, 2014
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?
30th Aug, 2014
Easy to make. Did it in a loaf tin instead of a round. Tastes lovely!
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
29th Sep, 2014
I have just made a twelve inch cake and just doubled the quantities
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!


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