Fruit Squares Cake

Pick your favorite pie filling and bake it into this delicious cake, the perfect amount of filling in every bite.

fruit squares cake



This sheet cake is undeniably delicious! You won’t believe how tasty the cake is, how wonderful it is to bit into some fruit in the center of each cut square, how simple this is to make, and all the WOWs you’ll get when you serve it.  You can use any fruit, fresh or canned.

If you like apple pie, blueberry, cherry… you name it it’s going to turn out delicious.

Use premade pie filling or quickly saute fruit with a little sugar and water to create a quick filling.

This is the type of recipe that will be requested over and over.

It’s very easy to make, and looks CUTE too!

It transports well which is an added bonus.

Everyone will think you spent a TON of time on this, but they will be mistaken.

Apple Squares @createdbydiane

How do you add fruit to cake?

This great recipe allows you to add any fruit filling or fresh fruit booed with sugar to this great cake recipe to create fruit squares. It’s like a fruit surprise in every bite.

How do you evenly distribute fruit in a cake?

Take a knife and make a grid mark on the cake batter in the sheet pan, then add fruit to the centers of all the squares. As the cake bakes the fruit will stay in place.

How do you fill a cake with jam?

You can add a dollop of jam to the squares before baking for a fun alternative to fruit filling.


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Mix up the batter, spread it in the pan, then take a knife and score the batter so you have created square shapes in the pan.

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As the batter bakes, it puffs up around the apples creating little pockets.

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Once the tray has cooled, you can cut the squares and add powdered sugar.

blueberry sheet cake, fruit squares,


I’ve made this cake in so many flavors… and all are delicious. I added blueberry pie filling to make this version. You could boil fresh blueberries with sugar to make it all homemade as well.

the MOST delicious cake ever!


Once the cake cools, it’s fun to dust the whole top with powdered sugar before serving.

REally I lost count how many parties I’ve brought this cake too…

it’s always a huge hit, any flavor… what flavor would you like it to be?

This blueberry version is WODNDERFUL!


How do you best keep this cake fresh?

Store this cake in the fridge, just as you would any cake with fruit in it. Take the cake out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving. This will allow the cake to stay fresh for 3-5 days. If you’re not hoping to have the cake for days, you do not need to refrigerate it. Allow the cake to cool completely then cut into squares and serve at room temperature.

fruit squares cake recipe, delicious tender cake with any fruit, canned or fresh

Fruit options:

Use canned pie filling, fresh fruit cut, or bring it to a boil with some sugar to create a little sauce. 

Apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry, peach, pumpkin, and Nutella would be delicious. 


Apple Squares

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 can apple pie filling I used about 1/2 of a 21 oz can
  • cinnamon and sugar mixture 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon+ tablespoon sugar
  • powdered sugar apply when cooled


  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • spray a 1/4 sheet pan (or 13x9 pan) with a non stick baking spray
  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • add in eggs and mix thoroughly
  • mix in flour and vanilla until blended and smooth
  • pour batter into pan and spread smooth
  • score batter with a knife into 24 squares
  • cut apple pieces in half and place them in the middle of each square so they can fit into each square nicely
  • sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (be careful to not over bake or like any cake they will become dry, add a minute at a time if needed until they are just baked through)
  • allow the tray of apple squares to cool,
  • then cut again into the square shapes and dust with powdered sugar and serve


If you use unsalted butter you may want to add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the batter.
Add more cinnamon to the apple filling or to the batter if you like a stronger cinnamon flavor.


red white and blue fruit squares #patriotic @createdbydiane

I made these to look like a flag, it cake out really cute. Here is a photo before it was baked. Fresh blueberries, cherry pie filling, and apple pie filling.

Apple Squares recipe from @createdbydiane

Cut apple squares into a square and serve.

This cake slices up nice and it’s such a great alternative to serving apple pie, it’s wonderful for parties as you can transport it in the baking pan or slice them and arrange them on a platter and they won’t mess up in the car ride over, unlike many other desserts.

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  1. I really like this idea, than you for sharing. I am curious, what was the rationale behind not having any rising agent in the recipe? The cake looks very dense. That works for me, I like dense cake as well but not everybody I serve does unfortunately, which made me curious about the lack of baking soda or powder.

    1. The levening in this recipe is the eggs. Yes it’s more sence than say a fluffy cake. It really is delicious paired with fruit, which is heavy. Hope you give it a try, it really is a crowd pleaser.

  2. Thank you – these look great! 2 questions – one, can you substitute oil for marg? And two – do these freeze well? Thanks!!

    1. There is no oil or margarine in this recipe. It calls for butter and I would only recommend using butter. Yes, it makes a huge difference in the end result, the flavor and texture would not be the same if you substitute the ingredients I’ve listed. I’ve made this many times but have not frozen it. I’m sure you could freeze some leftovers if needed and thaw it out before consuming and it should be fine.

  3. The levening in this recipe is the eggs. Yes it’s more sence than say a fluffy cake. It really is delicious paired with fruit, which is heavy. Hope you give it a try, it really is a crowd pleaser.

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