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Freda’s apple and fruit loaf (thanks Freda)



Freda’s apple and fruit loaf

Such a lovely fruit cake, a great one for keeping in that tin! It also helps use up all those fallen apples couldn’t be a more perfect cake, its moist, easy and tasty!

This recipe is very popular – Pinterest loves it?! and I mean LOVES it!  It is a super old fashioned cake and so very very easy to make. I’m sure you’ll make it time and time again!

Have a go! and let me know what you think?

Thanks Clare


  • 12oz/340g Self Raising Flour
  • 6oz/ 170g Sugar
  • 6oz/170g Butter or margarine
  • 12oz/340g Mixed Dried Fruit (whatever you like)
  • 2-3 tbs Milk
  • 1/2 pt of Softened Apple Pulp

Preparation Method

Apple Pulp

  1. When there’s a glut of apples or the ones that have gone off in the fruit bowl, peel, core and chop.
  2. Place in a heavy bottomed pan with a splash of water, bring to a boil, stir and cover with a lid and turn down heat a little.
  3. Simmer for approx. 20 minutes until soft.
  4. You can do this anytime and pop in the freezer

Pre-heat oven Gas 4 / 180°c

  1. Melt the butter/marge in a large saucepan
  2. Add all the other ingredients and stir well
  3. Pop into a greased and lined large loaf tin and bake for 1h 30 minutes
    Ta Dah – That’s it!!
  4. Slice, butter and enjoy! Especially with a piece of cheese! Yes cheese   Cx


Lisa says:
I love the addition of apples in a fruit loaf. I bet it gives it another dimension of flavor! I might have to try this out sooner then later! Thank you for adding it to my apple season linky! Round up is coming soon!
    Clare x says:
    Yes its lovely and so easy Lisa - and no probs - love doing linky's x
Trish says:
OMG I made this today and it's absolutely amazing, one of the nicest cakes ever, I also made one with gluten free flour but haven't tried that one yet x
Rachael says:
Fantastic, it tasted good raw, I can't wait for it to come out of the oven. I added a 1/2 tsp of Christmas Spice Mix. I halved the recipe as I'm the only one who eats fruit cake.
Anonymous says:
Delicious, I added some cinammon and walnuts and justed grated the apple straight in with the rest of the mixture, suppose I totally changed the method but hey ho!
Beryl says:
I just grated the apple into the mix and also added some walnuts and cinammon it was delicious! Suppose changed the recope a bit but hey ho! Its all cake!
Jo says:
Hi - Does this not have any eggs at all?
    Clare x says:
    No it doesn't Cx
Sue Reeves says:
Have you used cooking apples or eating apples for this recipe.
    Clare x says:
    I've only used eating apples, but try a tad more sugar in the pulp - I'm sure it would be ok - please et me know Cx
Sshields says:
How many apples would you use if you just grated into mixture
    Clare x says:
    I haven't tried grated but try with 4? Thanks Clare
Jane says:
Wonder if it works with pears?
    Clare x says:
    Oh don't know? If you have a go - please let me know how you get on? Thanks Clare
Rosie says:
Please can you make me this
Shirley morgan says:
Delicious going to try your carrot cake today x
    Clare x says:
    Oh great to hear Shirley - let me know what you think of the carrot Cake - ones of my faves Cx
wendy hoyles says:
Beautiful texture! I added some chopped apricots with the mixed fruit. Delicious.
    Clare x says:
    So great to hear! Cx
Seb says:
So, I was going to make Kate's apple cake from GBBO but life is too short. This a great tea loaf, so delicious and moist. I hate peeling so I made the apple pulp with skins on and then gave it a quick blend. I really like this sort of recipe: straightforward to make and also uses ingredients that are already in the cupboard. Much higher chance of it actually getting baked. Thanks!
    Clare x says:
    Oh so good to hear Seb - Thanks Cx
Kathleen Fox says:
Thanks Freda for this delicious recipe. I chopped and cored an eating apple leaving skin on and microwaved for 2-3 mins.. I also added cinnamon and walnuts as previous readers have done. It keeps well, in fact it`s even better! There was enough mixture to put into two small loaf tins. We think it`s good enough without spreading a slice with butter. Just delicious. Thanks so much Freda!
Freda says:
Made the cherry maderia cake and the carrot cake they were both delish will be making them both again
Janet Foreman says:
Can this recipe be adapted for 1lb loaf cake tins? Recipes on line rarely state
Norma williams says:
Had some old apples left saw this recipe and wow what a lovely fruit loaf,hubby agreed with adding the cheese. Thank you.
    Clare x says:
    Great to hear - Thanks for your comment Cx
Kkelly says:
Hi clare thank you lovely cake I try to get my children eating there fruit and veg daily and I give them a homemade treat for eating them... they loved the cake all came back for more even my fussy hubbie 😆😆
    Clare x says:
    Oh so lovely to hear Cx