Surplus Apple Cake

By Steven Hawkes •

FoodCycle, cook and serve nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty using surplus ingredients that would otherwise be wasted. Apples tend to go waste and the charity have become used to cooking with them. They’ve kindly shared a delicious apple cake recipe that’s been honed over time.



At FoodCycle we never know for sure what ingredients we’re going to get. However, there are some things we can usually rely on: including apples! Because of this, we’ve tweaked and honed our apple cake recipe over the years to make it evermore delicious.

It’s relatively healthy compared to many other cake recipes, as it uses yoghurt and sunflower oil rather than butter. You can also replace half the oil with apple sauce or a fruit puree to reduce fat and create a fruitier flavour.


So find yourself with some sad leftover apples? Time to make them into something delicious. This apple cake can also use up other fruits you may have lying around – brown bananas, pulpy plums – anything you have that needs using up.

Surplus Apple Cake


2 eggs

150 ml sunflower oil

100 ml low fat yogurt

150 g white plain flour

125 g wheat flour

150 g caster sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

550 g cored and peeled apples



Pre-Heat the oven to 180 degrees C

Peel and chop the apples into small pieces (the smaller the easier the cake will be to cut).

In a large mixing bowl beat the sunflower oil and sugar together until smooth, and then add the beaten eggs and yoghurt.

In a small bowl mix all of the remaining dry ingredients, add gradually to the wet mixture and finally fold in the apples.

Pour the batter into a greased loaf tin and cook for 30-40 minutes or until you can stick a knife through the centre that comes out clean.

Let the cake cool, cut into slices and enjoy!



Add one cup of nuts, raisins when you add the apple

Replace half the vegetable oil with apple sauce, banana or another fruit puree to reduce fat and create a fruitier flavour

Replace one egg with two egg whites to reduce cholesterol.

Find out more at www.foodcycle.org.uk and get involved! You can volunteer, or make a donation or sign up for FoodCycle news. Don’t forget to follow FoodCycle on Twitter and Facebook

For more apple recipes visit Great British Chefs collection.  What cakes do you like to make when you have fruit to use up that's looking a bit sad?  Let us know here or over on Great British Chefs Facebook page.


Steven Hawkes

Steven is a young charity marketing professional working for FoodCycle, the national network of volunteer-powered community projects working to tackle food poverty and food waste in the UK.

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