Topsy- turvy tray bakes

Bake a batch of Liz Burns’ traybake treats — all ready for tea in those golden autumn afternoons. This apple cake is sweet, moist and soft.
Makes: 8-10 squares
Prep time: 45 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hr 30 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 60g (2oz) butter


    • 60g (2oz) caster sugar


    • 2 Pink Lady eating apples


    • For the cake:


    • 125g (4oz) butter


    • 125g (4oz) caster sugar


    • 60g (2oz) ground almonds


    • 125g (4oz) self-raising flour


    • ½ level tsp baking powder


    • ½ level tsp ground ginger


    • 2 large eggs


    • 3 tbs milk or water


    • 18 x 28cm (7 x 11in) traybake tin






    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 5 or 190°C. Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the sugar and cook gently until the sugar dissolves. Pour into the cake tin and tilt it so the mixture spreads all over the base.


    1. Slice the apple into 8-10 rings, removing the pips. Arrange them in the base of the tin.


    1. To make the cake: Put all the ingredients into a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon for 3-4 mins or electric mixer for 1-2 mins. Spread the mixture evenly over the apples.


    1. Bake above the centre of the oven for 45 mins, until springy and firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for a few mins then turn it out and cut into squares. Serve warm or cool, with cream, crème fraîche or custard.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 20.0g saturates 10.0g calories 325(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.