Easy apple fruit cake

Easy apple fruit cake

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(96 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


  • 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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4th Jan, 2014
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.
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 :)
3rd Nov, 2013
I made this cake for first time & had great feedback but its only just over 2 inch's high is that right?? looks a little stumpy to me!
18th Oct, 2013
Lovely cake, I didn't have enough Apples so I used grated carrot in its place. I also added glacé cherries and currants in place of some of the other fruit. Will definitely make again.
17th May, 2013
This is the best fruitcake I've ever made - it's moist, well-spiced and so simple. I agree that it's crumbly, but we just eat it with a fork!
17th May, 2013
This is the best fruitcake I've ever made - it's moist, well-spiced and so simple. I agree that it's crumbly, but we just eat it with a fork!
29th Apr, 2013
Loved this cake so much have just made my second in 2 weeks!
20th Jan, 2013
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20th Jan, 2013
Really easy to make, made this as an Xmas cake to take down to my parents over the festive period, went down really well. I used only one apple and 400g of sainsburys luxury mixed fruit (sultanas, currants, cherries, dried apricot, dried pineapple and mixed peel) which worked well. I cooked it for slightly longer until a skewer came out clean in the middle. I covered the cake in ready to roll marzipan and left for a day to dry, then covered it in ready to roll white icing (my first icing experience!) I then made my own decorations out of coloured sugar paste icing. I also made this into mini fruit cakes twice as shown in the "goes well with..." on this page. Both times I topped them with marzipan, using white icing for mini birthday cakes the first time and made my own festive icing toppers the second time. All in all, a good fruit cake on its own and as basis for experiencing with different themes and finishings :o)
29th Nov, 2012
Lovely cake made it with shredded apple and carrot and a couple drops of rum. Light easy and very tasty...also made cuppies from it and decorated for a friends christening party - easy to decorate.


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