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.

It freezes so well as pulp – simply weigh it out and freeze in airtight containers or sandwich bags, remember to label & date 🙂 


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  Apple & Fruit 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


If you like the sound of this plum bread I really think you’d love my sticky Malt Loaf Recipe, why not give it a try or my Classic Tea Loaf. All also delicious 


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


Apple Pudding

Oh and here’s a great Apple Strudel Recipe – great as as Autumn Pudding 

And very easy (a little bit cheaty too) 

Puff Pastry Apple Strudel baked


Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 407kcal
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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*
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Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

    1. Where are you located Linda? x

  5. 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

  6. Sorry to sound thick but what does 1/2 pt mean? Half a pot? How big is the pot, how many apples worth of pulp would that be. I have about 500g of apple pulp (around 3 cups)

  7. 5 stars
    Fab cake! I made it today. The requirement was for a vegan cake, and this recipe was easily adapted by using a vegan margarine. I omitted the milk, as did not feel it was needed, but would have used almond milk if necessary. The cake was beautiful; light and moist, with evenly distributed fruit, no sinking!
    Everyone loved it, and I’ll definitely be making it again.

    1. Oh fantastic Fiona – so good to hear x

  8. 5 stars
    I make this cake quite a lot and have substituted the margarine with vegetable oil lovely

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