Apple Fruit Cake

This apple fruit cake is made like an afternoon tea loaf. It's a lovely homely recipe that feels healthy to eat. It's not too sweet, beautifully moist and it's perfect for a snack with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

It has fruit in it, but it is not so heavily laden as a traditional fruit cake, and some  of the fruit is fresh. This makes it more economical to bake and it is also less rich.

The downside is that it doesn't keep so long as other fruit cakes. But it never lasts long enough in our house for that to be an issue! It does keep perfectly well for 3-4 days if it's carefully wrapped.


Apple Fruit Cake

Level: Easy
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes,
not including cooling.
Makes: 1 loaf, 8-10 slices

115g (1/2 cup) butter
175g (1 cup) soft brown sugar
2 eggs
115g (2/3 cup) wholewheat flour
115g (2/3 cup) plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 eating apple, peeled cored
and chopped roughly
6 non-soak prunes, coarsely chopped
55g (1/3 cup) raisins
3-4 tablespoons milk


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F, gas mark 4.

  • Generously butter a 2lb loaf tin. Ideally it should be about 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.

  • Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flours, salt and baking powder into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk.

  • If you don't have a whisk, then mix the sugar and butter first and beat well. Then add the eggs and beat. Finally add the flour and baking powder and beat well.

  • Add the apple, prunes, raisins and enough milk to make a loose mixture and stir in thoroughly.

  • Put the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top.

  • Bake for 1 hour until a skewer or knife comes out cleanly.

  • Cool for five minutes and tip out onto a wire rack to cool properly.

  • Store in an airtight tin.

Serve with

Delicious with Earl Grey Tea, or English Breakfast.

It's great served on its own just with a nice cup of tea for a simple afternoon snack.

It's also lovely served as a larger afternoon spread for hungry people. Try it with buttermilk scones, a selection of finger sandwiches, dark chocolate cupcakes and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

If you Adored Apple Fruit Cake, maybe you'd by Amazed by our Apple Tart Recipe.