Apple Cake Traybake

Apple Cake Traybake

This Apple Cake Traybake is a simple sponge recipe with grated apple and spices to make it super moist and delicious. Traybake cakes are so easy to make and decorate, with no comprise on taste. I’ve paired the apple sponge with a sweet caramel buttercream to give the whole cake a toffee apple vibe. And then I’ve drizzled over some irresistable caramel sauce! It’s a great cake for autumn in particular, but can be enjoyed any time of the year of course. It’d also be perfect for bakes sales and parties as it’s quick and simple to make, and portions easily for a crowd.

Step by step…

To make the sponge I whisked together butter and light brown sugar.

Then I whisked in eggs, followed by grated apple, then flour and spices.

I poured it into my lined tin and spread the mixture out evenly. It baked for around 25 minutes until it was golden.

I made a caramel buttercream by mixing together butter, icing sugar and caramel extract. Then I smoothed it all over the apple cake.

Apple Cake Traybake

Tips for making the Apple Cake Traybake:

  • You can flavour the buttercream with vanilla instead if you like, or leave it out entirely and just enjoy the apple sponge with some custard!
  • I grate the apple, but you can also chop it up into small cubes.
  • If you can’t get hold of light brown sugar, regular white caster sugar will work fine too, the cake will just be a lighter colour.

Apple Cake Traybake

What caramel sauce should I use?

My favourite caramel sauce to use is my Homemade Caramel Sauce, it’s rich, smooth and absolutely divine! You can also easily add salt to it to make it into a salted caramel sauce. If you don’t want to make your own, it’s quite easy nowadays to find a good quality ready made caramel (or salted caramel) sauce in the shops or online. I have used Tesco’s Finest, Bonn Maman and Carnation Caramel in the past with great results.

Apple Cake Traybake

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Traybake tin Mixing bowls Cooling rack
Kitchen scales Mixed spice Caramel extract

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Apple Cake Traybake

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Apple Cake Traybake

Apple Cake Traybake

Yummy apple cake with a toffee buttercream
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 185 g Butter or baking spread
  • 225 g Light brown sugar
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 240 g Apples grated (about 3 small apples)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 275 g Self raising flour

For the caramel buttercream

  • 160 g Butter or baking spread
  • 320 g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Caramel extract I used Tesco's

For decoration (optional)

  • 85 g Caramel sauce Good quality shop bought or homemade


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin
  • To make the sponge, mix together the butter and light brown sugar until smooth
  • Then whisk in the eggs. Then mix in the apple using a spatula
  • Then whisk in the self raising flour, cinnamon and mixed spice
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool fully
  • To make the butercream use an electric hand whisk to mix together the butter and icing sugar, when they start to come together, add the caramel extract and mix until smooth
  • Spread the frosting on top of the sponge, then drizzle over the caramel sauce
  • To serve, slice into squares. Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 3 days
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Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead
If you need a caramel sauce recipe, try my Homemade Caramel Sauce.

If you like this, check out more of my Traybake recipes!

Apple Cake Traybake

Apple Cake Traybake

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    1. 5 stars
      Made these last week with apples from my garden. They were absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making them again. I didn’t have caramel essence so added some biscoff spread to the buttercream instead.

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