Spiced Apple Traybake With Brandy Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

26/11/2014 17:39 | Updated 22 May 2015
Spiced apple traybake with brandy butter cream cheese frosting By
A warming winter bake which makes a lighter alternative to Christmas cake and is ideal for serving up to visitors over the festive season. The soft sponge is spiked with cinnamon and mixed spice, flecked with apple and topped with a brandy spiked cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

Makes: 16 slices


For the cake:

180g butter, softened

140g golden caster sugar

3 eggs

250g self raising flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

50ml milk

150g dessert apple, peeled and finely chopped

For the frosting:

280g icing sugar

80g butter

125g cream cheese

2 tbsp brandy


1. For the cake: Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grease and line a 22cm x 30cm tray bake tin.

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Then add the eggs one at a time until combined.

3. Mix in the flour, spices and milk until a smooth batter forms, and then fold in the finely chopped apple.

4. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin, spreading out with a spatula to form an even layer and then bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and a toothpick poked into the sponge comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then pop on a wire rack to cool completely.

6. For the frosting: sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl then add the butter, combining the two using the back of a wooden spoon to rub it in. Do the same with the cream cheese.

7. Add the brandy and then whisk with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spread over the cooled cake with a palette knife into a lovely swirly pattern. Cut into 16 pieces and serve.


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