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Apple Cake Traybake

Apple Cake Traybake

Yummy apple cake with a toffee buttercream
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 327kcal
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
  • ½ 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, if you can't find it see the recipe notes)

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, ideally using an electric mixer
  • Then whisk in the eggs. Then mix in the apple using a spatula
  • Then gently 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. If the buttercream is too stiff then you can add some milk to it
  • 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


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 can’t get caramel extract, add 75g caramel sauce to the buttercream instead, you will also need 1 ½ tbsp milk.


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg