Monday, July 30, 2012

Wholemeal Apple & Sultana Cake Bars

Thoughts of Melting Moments, Chocolate Crunch Slice and cupcakes go dancing around my head on a Sunday afternoon as I think about what to bake for the week and then reality strikes. No eggs, very little butter, no white sugar and all but a bit of cocoa left in the pantry. Quick look in the fridge and pantry reveals one lonely Granny Smith apple and a nearly full packet of sultanas (golden raisins) so a wholemeal Apple & Sultana Cake bar it is.

This recipe is based on my best cake recipe ever. It's such a good one to have as it uses no eggs or butter and you can pretty much throw anything into it and throw it into any kind of pan and you'll always produce a wonderful cake.

I loved the way the afternoon winter sunshine was streaming through the window when I took the photo.

Wholemeal Apple & Sultana Cake Bars

  • 1 and half cups wholemeal plain flour
  • 1/2 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 1 Granny Smith (grated)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons oil (I use canola)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • half teaspoon salt

  1. Turn oven to 180 deg C (375 deg F).
  2. Grease a 20cm x 18 cm slice tin well or line with baking paper.
  3. Put the flour, sugar, grated apple, sultana, cinnamon and water in a bowl.
  4. Add vinegar, oil, baking soda and salt. Mix with beaters until smooth.
  5. Pour into the tin. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes then take out of tin.



  1. It must be fate Anne - I just turned on the oven to make apple cake, opened the fridge and ... no eggs!

    I decided to make it tomorrow and turned the computer on for a bit and there was your post.

    What are the chances of that! ;-) x

  2. Anne, I have nominate your blog for the Sunshine Award. Please check my blog for details. Patsy

  3. Delicious! But I have the eggs and butter with no apples! LOL!!

  4. Very delicious! Thanks for sharing this at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  5. This looks so good..almost like the consistency of cornbread..but cake!

  6. Anne, this looks absolutely delicious! I love how easy it is. Could you substitute other dried fruit for the golden raisins? Perhaps some chopped apricots or dates?

  7. Looks os delicous! it is 9.35 AM by us and I haven't had my breakfast yet... now I am very hungry :)

  8. Wow! No eggs, no milk! Looks delicious! So many good recipes this week on Team Friday!

  9. Hi Anne,
    It is so hot here, it was 108 the other day, we are headed up to the Northwest pretty soon, I can't wait to get to cooler weather. Your cake bars are just beautiful, we would really enjoy them, and I would love one to go with my afternoon tea right now. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Hey, so handy, and it's vegan, I have some vegan pals and am learning to make cakes for the,/ Looks great and very handy, my heart really sinks when we run out of eggs.

  11. | love your cake-bars, especially as the recipe contains apples :)
    And I'm sooooo jealous, you have no idea how hot it is here


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