Apple and cinnamon tray bake

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.30 / 5 (267 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
50 min

Apple and cinnamon tray bake is a simple cake that is delicious as a lunchbox treat or served hot with custard


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Butter and line a rectangular baking tin (approximately 27cm x 20cm) with baking paper.

2. Place the butter, caster sugar and dark brown soft sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to beat for 2 minutes. Finally add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and beat briefly to combine.

3. Spread half the mixture into the prepared tin. Arrange half the apples over the top of the mixture, and then repeat the process. Before baking, sprinkle over the demerara sugar.

4. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out of tin and remove paper. Cut into bars or squares before serving.

Recipe from Whitworths Sugar.


  • 250 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar, we recommend Whitworths
  • 100 g dark brown sugar, we recommend Whitworths
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 500 g bramley apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 25 g crunchy demerara sugar, we recommend Whitworths

Tips and suggestions

If you are preparing the apples in advance, sprinkle with a little lemon juice to stop them going brown.

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Latest Comment


This was delicious and easy to make. I substituted 75g of the flour with 50g of oats and 25g of soybean flour, just to make it a bit healthier, so I don't know what the original version tasted like, but everyone liked this and it was still good 3 days later.

brrm brrm brrm brrm  Posted 14 Nov 2013 5:06 PM

Hi Suwinter, thanks for your comment - you can try it either way but in the picture the final layer is cake with sugar on top. Hope you enjoy it.

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food  Posted 14 Oct 2013 11:48 AM

Should this cake have apples on top? Pic doesn't look like there are, yet recipe indicates there's should be.

suwinter suwinter  Posted 27 Sep 2013 11:07 AM

LindaG53961 LindaG53961 Posted 27 Sep 2013 10:36 AM