All In One Cake

This really quick and easy cake is a really great way to use seasonal fruit.  It takes 5 minutes to make and is nice for afternoon tea, to stick in a lunch box or serve it warm with ice cream and custard for pudding



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All in One Apple Cake

By: Chloe Coker

This is a quick and versatile all in one cake.  This recipe uses apples but you can use frozen berries, blueberries, pear, plums, apricots, rhubarb, blackberries – whatever fruit you have in season.  Try adding lemon zest and ground almonds / hazelnuts for extra interest


You will need

2 eating apples, peeled and cored or other seasonal/frozen fruit
130g butter or margarine
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g light brown/golden caster sugar (or just use normal white caster if that is what you have in the cupboard)
180g self raising flour (optional: replace 50g flour with 50g ground almonds/hazelnuts and ½ tsp baking powder) *To make a gluten free version replace the flour with GF self raising flour plus 1 tsp xantham gum if you have it
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1 tsp mixed spice
Optional: 2 tbsp oats mixed with 2 tbsp sugar / 2 tbsp flaked almonds/ 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts to top


  • Preheat the oven to 180*c. Line an 8” tin
  • Peel and core the apple and chop into bitesize chunks
  • Place the butter, eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, salt and mixed spice (if you are using it) into a food processor and blitz for 20 seconds until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tin and place the apples on top (pressing them down)
  • Optional: finish the cake by scattering over a mix of 2 tbsp oats with 2 tbsp sugar / 2 tbsp flaked almonds / 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden and well risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean

Tips, Tricks and Teaching Info

Lining Your Tin

Line your tin with baking paper.  To make sure the paper goes right into the corners scrunch it up into a ball and then unfold it again so that it is all crinkly – it will now press down into the corners much more easily

Preheat your oven

Make sure you preheat your oven before you start baking

Try this recipe with some other fruit

try apple and blackberry with ground hazelnuts in autumn or try lemon zest and blueberry in summer