Easy apple fruit cake

Easy apple fruit cake

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(89 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
    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 Apr, 2008
I made this cake for friends and totally agree with all the above comments, and I will certainly make it again. I did not put the icing on the top it was not needed. It also freezes well.
31st Mar, 2008
I really enjoyed making and eating this cake. The taste is yummy and it is not as heavy as a traditional fruit cake. I also started to get to grips with icing - a new hobby of mine.
7th Mar, 2008
Great recipe for starters and for experimenting as well! I've tried adding cinnamon and whisky with very satisfying results.
5th Jan, 2008
Nice recipe, only after 1 hour it was still wet in the middle. So cook it longer.
20th Dec, 2007
Made this cake very easy & quick, added a few cherries very christmassy will make again
9th Dec, 2007
I have made this cake for the past 3 years and my family and friends can't get enough of it. Really easy to make and even easier to eat!
23rd Nov, 2007
I am new to the programme, will certainly inform you of my efforts, good or bad, honest!!!
23rd Nov, 2007
I made and decorated this cake for a friend's 60th birthday and she was delighted with it. I must admit to feeding it with a drop or two of brandy after baking.
19th Nov, 2007
This would make a great christmas cake and so quick and easy to make too!! really delicious.
8th Nov, 2007
This is delicious. I don't think it needs icing, it is sweet enough!


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