06 September 2008

Green Apple Fruit Cake

I've had this recipe for a long time, but I don't know where it came from. I didn't take note of where I got my recipes before I started blogging, so it is anybody's guess where it came from really. I adjusted the spices and fruit and measured the ingredients out in cups, to save time and I have to say that this is one great cake.

Green Apple Fruit Cake

200g butter, softened
200g/ 1 ¼ cups demerara sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp black treacle
200g/ 2 ½ cups self-raising flour, sieved
2 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
2 eating apples , grated (I used Granny Smith's)
300g/ 2 cups mixed dried fruit

Heat the oven to 180c/ fan 160f/ gas 4. Line a 8 inch round cake tin with greaseproof paper or a greaseproof liner.

Beat together the butter, sugar, treacle, eggs, treacle, flour, baking powder and spices until the mixture is pale and thick. I popped my mixture in my food processor.

Fold in the fruit and spoon the batter into the cake tin. Bake for around bake for 1 hour and 10 to 15 minutes until the cake is golden brown. Do the skewer test. If it comes out clean it is ready. I have made this cake 3 times and the timing has been a little different each time. This could be to do with how big the apples are. If you are using a 9 inch tin, you won't need to cook it quite so long.

Leave to cool slightly in the tin and then move onto a wire rack to continue cooling.

12/11/10 Just a quick update!

I had to come back two years on and say that is my dad and husband's favourite cake. I make it regularly and you just can't beat it. Everyone who tries it loves it. So if you are visiting, I urge you to have a go. You will love it too. Once you try this you just don't need another fruitcake recipe.



  1. This looks lovely and moist, Im bookmarking this one. BTW I have given you an award!!!

  2. Hey, thank you Beth for the nice comment and the award! I am heading off to have a look. I am a bit behind this week with my blogging.

  3. Your cake looks so delicious - I can practically taste the incredible moist texture just by looking at your lovely photo!

  4. If only I could have a forkful of that moist cake. ....of course I could make my own across the pond:D

  5. It's really good Astra and moist, you would really enjoy it!

    Let me know if you do make it Val and what difference your tin size makes to the length of time if need to cook for.

  6. That looks really lovely. I like the idea of grating the apples, as I find they never cook through when diced in cakes. Yum!

  7. I've never seen a cake that uses apples like this but it sounds delicious. I'll have to try it!

  8. Oh Holler! Great pics, great recipe. I am going to try and do this vegan style, because the food you make is just way to tempting.

    Great post!

  9. What a fabulous-looking cake this is - perfect for these cooler days of autumn. I'd love a slice right now!

  10. This looks wonderful. I love the idea of using green apples for this fruit cake. Nice recipe and great photos.

  11. That looks a perfect light fruit cake to me - moist but still a little crumbly.
    I'm printing this recipe off for later use!

  12. i love apple cake, and i love that it looks like there's a bit of greenery popping out of it in that first picture. :)

  13. Its just great, simple as that.


  14. Ooh this looks so delicious,I cannot wait to try this..

  15. This sounds lovely. May have to make this at the weekend. Got plenty of apples! :)

  16. Hi Ricki, grating the apples works well. I don't even bother peeling them, they are finely enough grated that it doesn't matter.

    Hi Mike, you should make it , it is so good with the apple and all the spices. Mmmmmm

    Thanks Jane :)

    Vegan Cowgirl, you are so good at adapting these recipes. Let me know if you post the vegan version and I will link to it from this post.

    I would share it if I had any left Antonia!

    Thanks Pam :)

    I am glad you like the recipe CC :)

    That is my cabbage plate Grace :)

    Thank you David!

    Thanks Snooky Doodle and Usha :)

    I hope you enjoy it Wendy! Watch your timing if you are using a different size tin from me.

  17. I love fruit breads! This looks really good, and apples are in season now :)

  18. Oh wow this looks so delicious and I know my hubby would adore this cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm making this soon!


  19. Hi Ohio Mom, I love the smell of fruit cake while it is caking, as it drifts around the house.

    Hi Maria, I hope you enjoy the cake :)

  20. This looks delicious - I went fruit picking at the weekend but steered clear of the apples - I now have a reason to go back. Thanks.

  21. This looks so nice. I love a spicy apple cake, esp. when autumn arrives (usually November in Texas!)

  22. This is such a gorgeous cake -- can't believe you don't want to go on ITV and bake it!

  23. Cake ummmmm...........it looks gr8.
    I love to read your blog.I like the idea of grating the apples.That looks a perfect light fruit cake.

  24. You know, I just love the idea of this. But I just can't be faffed to do all that grating!

  25. Hi Tony, go back, go back and get the apples!

    Autumn is arriving here all too quickly Diann, I would like to put it back until November.

    Hi Tadmack, not even if you paid me!

    Hi there RGC, it is a lovely cake.

    Hey Spaghetti, the grating was really quick and easy, honest. I didn't bother peeling the apples and I grated them straight into the bowl, using the coarse side of the grater.

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  27. I made this cake yesterday and it's great! I think next time I will add some walnuts, and I confess to adding a splash of rum;) but it's a great recipe... thanks!

  28. Hi Jane,

    I am so glad you liked the cake. We love it, in fact I made it two days ago for my dad. It is his absolute favourite. I must have made this cake over 20 times now. Rum sounds like a great addition.


  29. I,m sure that cake is one that I would like, hope to make it some day. It looks heavenly. Louise,
    My life


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