Apple & Fruit loaf (thanks Freda)

Apple & Fruit loaf  (thanks Freda)

Freda’s Apple & Fruit loaf

Such a lovely fruit cake, Freda’s apple & fruit loaf is a great cake for keeping in that cake tin!

And not just any old Apple Cake it’s studded with dried fruit.

You make an apple pulp 🙂

And  you can freeze your apple pulp in batches too!


Apple Pulp – easy to make 

Freezing pulp when apples are plentiful means you can make this beautiful and easy lovely cake all year round.


Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

You know the time of year when apples are everywhere and this little beaut of a recipes helps to use up all those fallen apples.


Lovely Apple Loaf Cake

This lovely loaf  couldn’t be a more perfect cake, it’s moist, easy and tasty!

Such a great way to use up those apples! Do you get many apples from your trees or from friends and neighbours?

I get loads!  Or occasionally sometimes those fruit bowl ones,  you know the ones that everyone is avoiding!

Well if you do and you don’t know what to do with them here’s the answer….

This recipe is so very popular – Pinterest loves it?! and I mean LOVES it! 

It is a super old fashioned cake and so very very easy peasy to make.  

I’m sure you’ll make it time and time again!

And it really does keeps so well in the cake tin I promise!



Changing up your Apple & Fruit Loaf?

You can try adding a little cinnamon if you like, it works well Or indeed allspice.

If you read the many many comments you’ll see people have added many different  things, such as almonds or cranberries.

Please don’t be scared to add your extra things, but please let us know how they work out?

Together we learn

And recently someone made it with Rhubarb pulp – now there’s an idea 


Eggless Apple & Fruit Loaf

Also I’d like to mention that this cake doesn’t contain eggs, it’s no a mistake.

Some people asked as they couldn’t believe it. Trust me you don’t need eggs in this recipe. Perfect if you have someone who can’t eat eggs

You’ll also notice how simple the ingredient list is. It’s not a complicated recipe at all.

Plain and simple but oh so good. As they say sometimes simple is best 🙂


Serving your Fruit Loaf 

Well clearly you can just slice a lovely big piece if the loaf and settle down with a cuppa. However why don’t you  try it buttered with a slice of cheese – yes really!

That’s exactly what we do in the north, well my family and friends for sure!

Please don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

There is something so divine about the sweetness of the cake and the creamy saltiness of the cheese! A marriage made in heaven.

Do you eat fruit cake with cheese?

I dare you to try! 

I have to thank Freda for Freda’s Apple & Fruit loaf recipe! It’s amazing!


British Apple varieties 

Did you know there are over 2500 different kinds of apples – now that’s a little mind-blowing for me 

If you want to read more above the types then head on over and have a gander to this piece in Olive Magazine 

So informative


Another Apple Cake 

Have a go!

Please let me know what you think to Freda’s  loaf and if you love Apple Cakes have a look at my Apple & Honey one too, also really easy and really popular:

Apple & Honey Cake


You’ll love this Plum Bread! 

Maybe you’d also lovely my Mums Lincolnshire Plum Loaf, we also serve this with a slice of cheese – look —>

Lincolnshire Plum loaf cake


Loaf Liners?

Also before I forget, have you discovered loaf liners yet?

Oh they are fantastic, you can say ‘bye’ to trying to line a loaf tin!

I love them, so easy and you can find them in most supermarkets and they are not expensive either


Apple Cake fans 

Please drop me a comment if you get a chance to try this wonderful loaf!

I do so love to hear form you and get your comments 🙂

Thanks Clare

Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 407kcal
Print Pin Rate
A delicious quick and easy yea Bread


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


  • Apple Pulp You can do this anytime and pop in the freezer
  • When there’s a glut of apples or the ones that have gone off in the fruit bowl, peel, core and chop.
  • 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.
  • Simmer for approx. 20 minutes until soft.
  • Pre-heat oven Gas 4 / 180°c
  • Melt the butter/marge in a large saucepan
  • Add all the other ingredients and stir well
  • Pop into a greased and lined large loaf tin and bake for 1h 30 minutes (watch it though)
  • Ta Dah - That's it!! Slice, butter and enjoy! Especially with a piece of cheese!


***All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guide 


Nutrition Facts
Freda’s apple & fruit loaf
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 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!

    1. Yes its lovely and so easy Lisa – and no probs – love doing linky’s x

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Hi – Does this not have any eggs at all?

  7. Have you used cooking apples or eating apples for this recipe.

    1. 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

  8. How many apples would you use if you just grated into mixture

    1. I haven’t tried grated but try with 4? Thanks Clare

  9. Wonder if it works with pears?

    1. Oh don’t know? If you have a go – please let me know how you get on? Thanks Clare

  10. Please can you make me this

  11. Delicious going to try your carrot cake today x

    1. Oh great to hear Shirley – let me know what you think of the carrot Cake – ones of my faves Cx

  12. Beautiful texture! I added some chopped apricots with the mixed fruit. Delicious.

  13. 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.


    1. Oh so good to hear Seb – Thanks Cx

  14. 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!

  15. Made the cherry maderia cake and the carrot cake they were both delish will be making them both again

  16. Can this recipe be adapted for 1lb loaf cake tins? Recipes on line rarely state

  17. Had some old apples left saw this recipe and wow what a lovely fruit loaf,hubby agreed with adding the cheese. Thank you.

    1. Great to hear – Thanks for your comment Cx

  18. 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 ??

    1. Oh so lovely to hear Cx

  19. Looks good

  20. I was browsing through pintrest looking for tea bread recipes and found this one. I had a couple of bramleys that needed using so I decided to try it, it was so easy to make and just perfect with a nice cup of tea.

  21. Susan Greenhill

    Can’t wait try this, sounds lovely.

  22. Great use for all the apples I pulped and froze last autumn. Nice and moist,keeps well if you can leave it alone. Cake also freezes great so I do a double mix

  23. Pauline Strawson

    I have made this cake a few times ,it’s lovely ,I have put one in the freeze to see what it comes out like ,still very good .

  24. This has become a firm family davourite

    1. This is lovely to hear Cx

  25. I like fruit loaf
    Some of your five a day

  26. Love this recipe, tried before ,delicious making a batch at this moment for a charity cream tea for help the hero’s to sell . Thank you so easy and quick to make .???

    1. Oh lovely to hear Sue – good luck! Cx

  27. It isn’t vegan if it has milk in it.

    1. Hi Clare – totally correct – who said it was vegan? Thanks Clare

  28. I took this cake to my bookclub and it got rave reviews, not least because it wasn’t too sweet.. I added a little cinnamon too.

    1. Lovely to hear Clare – thanks so much for your comment xx

  29. Made this for the first time today and wow what a delicious cake !! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Am going to try this recipe tomorrow, could I use a square cake tin instead of a loaf tin? If so, what size tin could I use for the same ingredients? It looks a yummy recipe.

    1. Hi Pam – I haven’t tried in anything but a loaf tin! But give it a go and let me know – alter baking time too Cx

  31. Made this today using my multi-size pan at 9” x 4”. The ingredients filled the tin nicely. It’s a better shape than a loaf tin as the sides are straight. Have yet to taste it but it smells lovely. I added 1 teaspoon Cinnamon.

  32. Just tasted it. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Will definitely be making again. Thank you.

  33. Added teaspoon of allspice

  34. This cake is moist and delicious and really works without an egg., however took longer than specified to bake . Will definitely make it again.

  35. Why am I unable to scan, copy and save to my recipe database? thank you.

    1. Hi – use the PRINT ME button and all the colour will be stripped out, then scan? Let me know how you go – Thanks Clare

  36. It sounds so deliciously easy to make and looks so moist too! I can see why it’s so popular on pinterest.

  37. everyday healthy recipes

    I am not surprised Pinterest loves it, it sounds and looks fabulous! Thank you for bringing your lovely cake recipe to #CookBlogShare

  38. Made this for the first time today definitely going to make it again .thanks Freda

  39. This morning s a great cake

  40. Just made this with some stewed baking apples. Forgot the sugar but still tastes delicious ?

    1. sounds great – good to hear Cx

  41. Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery

    Oooh yes please Ill take a slice or two with a nice hot cuppa! The Peas would love this for their lunches!

  42. I used dried sweetened cranberries and almond slices and it turned out PERFECT!! thank you for this recipe I wanted to bake but had no eggs so this was great!

    1. Oh that sounds really great – I love to get comments – so thanks very much Cx

  43. Can I use baby apple fruit puree

    1. I’m not sure as I have never tried, but I don’t see why not? If you do please let me know – Thanks Clare

  44. Thanks, we are working on it 🙂

  45. Have made this delicious cake 4 times and love it! An unusual treat for us Texans but yummy! Thanks so much!

    1. Oh Melanie – That’s so made my day! Thank you Cx

  46. Fab…I want to cook more of your recipes please

    1. Please do 🙂 and thank you xx

  47. This bread sounds amazing. Question, do you add all the liquid from the apple pulp and how many apples do I need to chop up? Thank you.

    1. Hi Darcy – approx 5-6 medium apples – let me know how you get on xxx

  48. Apple and fruit loaf

  49. Could I possibly use this recipe and make individual ssa
    L cakes😁

  50. No eggs?

    1. Correct – no eggs – Thanks Clare

  51. Just made this delightfully and delicious fruit cake. So easy to make. Thank you Freda .

  52. A delicious fruit cake. Made it today. Was so easy to make.

  53. The cakes on this site sound yummy and so easy to make. I think I’ll try the cherry cake first and then Freda’s apple and fruit cake. I haven’t baked for a while but I am now feeling inspired.

    1. Great to hear Marjorie – remember to let me know how you get on Cx

  54. Just tried this recipe because we have apple trees and I’d made quite a lot of apple pulp. This is the easiest cake to make and the final result is the most delicious moist fruit loaf/cake I have ever made or tasted. Thank you Freda!!

  55. This recipe is awesome I added about a quarter teaspoon cinnamon and substituted milk with sour cream very soft moist texture, . I offered a friend a piece and she loves it

  56. This is a Fantastic fruit cake given there’s no eggs in it ,made it today and let me tell you it’s not going to last long ‘thank you for the recipe.

  57. Your apple and fruit cake is amazing i make one every week my family love my grand daughter cant have eggs she loves your cske

    1. Oh that’s so good to hear! Cx Thank you

  58. Hi , I baked this today and it turned out well , taste and texture was good except for one thing ……the cake does not look anywhere close to yours in terms of the colour. Mine didn’t brown at all. It’s cream colour but cooked through.

    1. Interesting – I’ve had no other problems – did you remember the sugar? Thanks Clare

  59. Fabulous cake and as you say easy!!

  60. This fruit loaf is Barri that’s what we say in Northumberland so moist and yes its extra tasty with a slice of strong mature cheddar… x

  61. I love love love this cake so much so I’ll have to stop making it as we keep eating it.

  62. I love this cake, the first time I used cooking apples and it worked.. the second time I used two eating apples and a bought jar of apple sauce it also worked. A firm favourite.

  63. Gina Amy, Jersey, Channel Islands

    Oh what a lovely cake. So easy to make and great if you are out of eggs or vegan (I used oat milk in place of dairy). It was absolutely delicious. Will definately be making it again.

  64. Katherine Hobson

    The best fruit loaf I’ve ever made. I make it again and again.

  65. Made it loved it

  66. I adapted this using tart stewed plums I unearthed from the freezer. Fabulous!

  67. Have just put loaf in oven just a bit concerned my 2lb loaf tin bit small!

  68. Like this

  69. I’ve made.this fruit cake umpteen times with a wide range of fruit and sometimes adding nuts. As we are moving I decided to use up what I had in my pantry. Which was barely nothing! I had a huge bag of golden sultanas and a tub of mixed peel and that’s it. Well its delicious, I added some brandy for some umph and it makes richer. I too eat it with cheese, my fave fruitcake bar none. Ps. Easy can get to make. Love it!!

  70. Absolutely delicious! My mum gave me some stewed rhubarb and apple so I added that, it is so good!

    1. Great to hear xx Thank you

  71. Love it and so did my family

  72. Made this today wow so easy. Will make it again

    1. Oh so great to hear and thank you for commenting x

  73. Hi love the fact no eggs. Love fruit cake. Maybe can fry muffins with this mix. Please share more eggless recipes.

  74. We love fruit cake and cheese in this house! They are currently baking in the oven and can’t wait to taste it. I also added some spices and the smell is divine and I soaked the fruit in cider for a couple of hours! Hoping it turns out ok!! 😬

    Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Oooooo lovely – let us know x

  75. Hi, just wanted to check temperature, is it 180 in a fan oven or do I need to adjust? Thanks. PS Lemon drizzle in the oven as I type, can’t wait to try!

    1. Great to hear – 180 is conventional x

  76. Julie O’Connell

    I have made this twice now and WOW!!, it really is soooo easy and tastes blooming wonderful. My elderly mother loves it with her cup of tea. I prefer it with my coffee. Either way there’s not a crumb in in sight!!. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    1. So lovely to hear – Thank you x

  77. Always have cheese with plum bread lush am going to try the Apple one will let you know how I get on

  78. Worked out well very tasty

  79. Oh no! I forgot to add the milk. Just waiting for it to come out of the oven.

  80. So I forgot to add the milk but it came out ok. The tip about watching it was very useful because although I set the timer for the recommended 1hr 30mins, it was actually ready after one hour. It’s delicious so will definitely be making this again

  81. Made this yesterday. It’s delicious & I also tried it with cheese too, as suggested. So tasty😋 I covered my cake with foil after 45 mins in oven for the remaining 45 of cooking time. The top of the cake was a little bit hard once fully baked, so I will reduce the cooking time in future. However the inside of cake was moist and totally delish 😋 Lovely recipe.

    1. Thank you and lovely to hear x

  82. Hi Clare, thanks for this recipe it’s really easy, however mind has come out more bread pudding then crumbly, do you think I have used too many apples, I used 4 coxes apples. my husband thinks it’s delicious with strong cheddar but I am not convinced.

    1. I’m not too sure Lizzie – did you measure the puree? I’m glad it tastes good – I love it with cheese x

  83. Hi Clare yes I did measure the puree however I am going to try again and reduce it a bit, will keep you posted. I am definately going to try some of your other recipes including the chicken biryani x

  84. I have made this cake so many times now, has always turned out perfect

  85. Like a big scone with Apple delicious

  86. Sounds absolutely scrumptious. Making it right now.

  87. Hi , just stumbled on this recipe and dying to try it , can I ask , what sugar do you use ? And is that 1/2 pint of apple pulp?

    1. Hi Becky, caster sugar and yes 1/2 pt apple pulp – Thanks

  88. Dessert or cooking apples? And if you can use cooking apples is extra sugar needed? Thanksx

    1. Either – and it shouldn’t be necessary to add more sugar – but if you want to you can – Thanks

  89. I’ve made this cake a couple of times now and used oat milk instead of regular milk due to my sons allergies. Plant based milks can be successfully substituted into most recipes. Its a delicious cake and a very simple to prepare.Adding plant milk makes it suitable for vegans too. Thank you. Dying to try out some more of your recipes.X

    1. Oh do let me know how you get on xx thanks

  90. Allison Hadland

    Absolutely delicious, I was a bit sceptical about no eggs in the mixture but I was very surprised how light the cake was

  91. 5 stars
    How long do you cook half the mixture in one pound tin.

    1. I Haven’t tried I’m afraid – but my advice would be check it at 1H
      Thanks Clare

  92. 5 stars
    I have just made this with stewed rhubarb. Waiting for it to come out of the oven. Smells wonderful.

    1. Oh sounds wonderful – let me know and then I can add a note to the recipe – yum – I love Rhubarb
      Thanks Clare

  93. Mine was very crumbly such that I couldn’t slice it. I think it needs eggs?

    1. It shouldn’t be – it’s eggless xx
      Maybe oven too hot or slightly overbaked?

  94. Hi when you say Large loaf tin what size is that please?

    1. Sorry Holly – minimum 2llb


  95. 5 stars
    Thank yous xx Crumbled a little when hot and very moist. But held beautifully when cool- fab recipe I used apple but will be trying plum tomorrow! thanks so much xx

  96. Does this freeze? And will it store in a Tupperware? Sorry, I posted on my ‘I don’t want my email address published’ one before I saw that you won’t do that! I don’t want mine out there please!

    1. Yes it does freeze Liz – I wrap mine in foil – I’ve kept it for 3 months
      Thanks Clare

  97. Hi, could apple pulp be substituted with apple sauce from a jar?

    1. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it would work – let me know if you have a go
      Thnaks Clare

  98. Hi Clair, could I make this with Gluten Free flour? I have made this with normal flour and it was delicious. Thanks

    1. Yes I think you could – have a go and let me know x

  99. 5 stars
    Fab recipe!
    Makes a lovely moist flavoursome loaf….I always have a huge haul of delicious discovery apples from my garden but they don’t store well for long. I make loads of apple pie filling and freeze it. Now I can add the apple pulp to my batch cook ups to make this wonderful cake when ever I feel like it.
    I’ve made this cake twice now and it’s a big hit with the family. Being eggless already, if you substitute the milk for oat milk it also can make a great vegan cake, I’ve made it both ways and no difference to taste of texture.

    1. Oh thanks so much for your comment and fantastic to hear you love it
      Clare x

  100. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and tasted great! It did burn on the top though so next time I’ll pop a bit of foil loosely on the top about 45 minutes in. I reduced the sugar by 25g because I chucked in a few cranberries I had lying around.

    1. Oh so great to hear – thanks x

  101. Hi do you add sugar to apples and stew them to make ‘apple pulp’? And what about in grams is 1pnt please?
    Kind Regards

    1. Hi Linda
      It’s point 1-4 on the recipe card
      Approx 450g to a pint
      Thanks Clare

  102. Where can I get the dried fruits online? Would love to make this!

    1. Where are you located Linda? x

  103. Hi Clare, apologies for sounding a bit thick 😂, but when you say apple pulp, do you mean stewed apples with small chunks or actual apple purée/sauce?

    Many thanks

    1. The second lovely xx not thick at all x

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