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Freda’s apple & fruit loaf (thanks Freda)

Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

Such a lovely fruit cake, Freda’s apple & fruit loaf, a great cake for keeping in that tin! And not just any old Apple Cake it’s studded with fruit and you make an apple pulp, which you can freeze too! Which means you can make this lovely cake all year round

It  helps to use up all those fallen apples.  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 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!


Oh and why don’t you try it buttered with a slice of cheese – yes really! Thats what we do in the north! Please don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. There is something about the sweetness of the cake and the creamy saltiness of the cheese! A marriage mad in heaven. Do you east fruit cake with cheese?

I have to thank Freda for Freda’s apple & fruit loaf recipe! It’s amazing!

Have a go! and 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

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

Please drop me a comment if you get a chance, I do so love to hear form you and get your comments 🙂

Thanks Clare

Cook Blog Share




  • 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 (watch it though)
    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
Janet Foreman says:
Looks good
Kathleen says:
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.
Susan Greenhill says:
Can't wait try this, sounds lovely.
Richard says:
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
Pauline Strawson says:
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 .
Kathy says:
This has become a firm family davourite
    Clare x says:
    This is lovely to hear Cx
Dalbir kaur says:
I like fruit loaf Some of your five a day
Sue Smart says:
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 .???
    Clare x says:
    Oh lovely to hear Sue - good luck! Cx
Clare Harding says:
It isn't vegan if it has milk in it.
    Clare x says:
    Hi Clare - totally correct - who said it was vegan? Thanks Clare
Clare Harding says:
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.
    Clare x says:
    Lovely to hear Clare - thanks so much for your comment xx
Karen says:
Made this for the first time today and wow what a delicious cake !! Thanks for sharing.
Pam says:
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.
    Clare x says:
    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
Pam says:
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.
Pam says:
Just tasted it. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Will definitely be making again. Thank you.
J says:
Added teaspoon of allspice
Jane says:
This cake is moist and delicious and really works without an egg., however took longer than specified to bake . Will definitely make it again.
Eleanor Slanga says:
Why am I unable to scan, copy and save to my recipe database? thank you.
    Clare x says:
    Hi - use the PRINT ME button and all the colour will be stripped out, then scan? Let me know how you go - Thanks Clare
Corina Blum says:
It sounds so deliciously easy to make and looks so moist too! I can see why it's so popular on pinterest.
everyday healthy recipes says:
I am not surprised Pinterest loves it, it sounds and looks fabulous! Thank you for bringing your lovely cake recipe to #CookBlogShare
Janette says:
Made this for the first time today definitely going to make it again .thanks Freda
Marisa Lawson says:
This morning s a great cake
Stephanie says:
Just made this with some stewed baking apples. Forgot the sugar but still tastes delicious ?
    Clare x says:
    sounds great - good to hear Cx
Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery says:
Oooh yes please Ill take a slice or two with a nice hot cuppa! The Peas would love this for their lunches!
Divastar88 says:
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!
    Clare x says:
    Oh that sounds really great - I love to get comments - so thanks very much Cx
Marsha says:
Your "print" button prints EVERYTHING instead of one page for the recipe, I got 8 , to much spacing and all the comments! . You really should have someone fix that.
    Clare x says:
    Thanks, we are working on it :-)
Anonymous says:
Can I use baby apple fruit puree
    Clare x says:
    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
Melanie says:
Have made this delicious cake 4 times and love it! An unusual treat for us Texans but yummy! Thanks so much!
    Clare x says:
    Oh Melanie - That's so made my day! Thank you Cx
Pauline phillips says:
Fab...I want to cook more of your recipes please
    Clare x says:
    Please do :-) and thank you xx
Darcy says:
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.
    Clare x says:
    Hi Darcy - approx 5-6 medium apples - let me know how you get on xxx
Anonymous says:
Apple and fruit loaf
Sue Bristol UK says:
Could I possibly use this recipe and make individual ssa L cakes😁
Anonymous says:
No eggs?
    Clare x says:
    Correct - no eggs - Thanks Clare
Shirl says:
Just made this delightfully and delicious fruit cake. So easy to make. Thank you Freda .
Shirl. says:
A delicious fruit cake. Made it today. Was so easy to make.
Marjorie says:
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.
    Clare x says:
    Great to hear Marjorie - remember to let me know how you get on Cx
Trudy Ambler says:
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!!
Frederica says:
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
Marjorie says:
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.
    Clare x says:
    So good to hear Cx
Ksy says:
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
    Clare x says:
    Oh that's so good to hear! Cx Thank you
Shruthi says:
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.
    Clare x says:
    Interesting - I've had no other problems - did you remember the sugar? Thanks Clare