Apple & walnut cake with treacle icing

Apple & walnut cake with treacle icing

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 10

This easy all-in-one cake is perfect if you've got friends coming for coffee or afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
535
protein
15g
carbs
89g
fat
14g
saturates
8g
fibre
2g
sugar
51g
salt
0.46g

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 140g dark brown soft sugar
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 250ml rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 unpeeled apples, coarsely grated
  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped

For the icing

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 50g dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 200g tub full fat soft cheese

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line two 20cm cake tins. Put the flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a big bowl, then stir in the sugars, making sure there are no lumps of sugar. Add the oil, eggs and apples, and beat everything together. Fold in the walnuts then divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few mins in the tin then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. For the icing, beat all the ingredients together then chill until the mixture is thick but spreadable. Spread half the icing on top of one cake, sandwich with the other and spread the remaining icing on top

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2011

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mother_ship's picture
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I grated 2 and chopped one of the apples so there were a few bits of visible apple and I used light brown muscovado sugar so you could still taste the apple and maple to flavour the icing. It all really worked well. I think dark brown sugar and treacle would overwhelm any chance of apple flavour.

Luther King's picture

Whoa Cool Cake Love your recipe for this Cake

Dim's picture

The apple and walnut combination is really great..; and delicate too! So be careful not to use too much treacle cause you risk of making the other flavours disappear. Alternatively, the second time i made it, I used 1tsp of peanutbutter instead of treacle!

emmiedeakin's picture

Good cake, a great way to use up our apple glut. I was doubtful about the treacle in the icing & I was right to be, for me it spoilt the cake, so much so that I scraped it off. My advice would be to either use a much smaller amount of black treacle in the icing mixture so it isn't so dominant or, leave it out altogether.

parkercip's picture

I didn't have walnuts so substituted pecans It's a nice cake but quite heavy and I would use something sweeter than treacle in the cream cheese icing next time.

sprigofmint's picture

This cake is gorgeous,have made it three times now. I was a bit dubious about treacle in the topping but it works so well, I made it in a lightly smaller tin than recommended and made butterfly buns with the remaining mixture!!

flirtinflight's picture
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made this for a mother's coffee morning this morning. I don't have sandwich tins so had to make do with a deep round tin. My plan was to cut it in half after baking. This did work out eventually but obviously because the whole mixture went into one tin the cake took twice as long to cook. Very tasty though once it (finally) made it to the table.

bakewithme's picture

This was rich and delicious, I love apple and walnuts and they were amazing in this cake! I also made cupcakes with this recipe :)

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fruitpastilles's picture
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I followed the recipe apart from using pecans instead of walnuts. I did not enjoy the cake at all so didn't bother to ice it. I found it dense and heavy and lacking in any flavour. Would not make again.

dlockhart's picture
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I absolutely love this cake! Perfect results every time.

bellapenny83's picture
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Delicious - especially the treacle buttercream! Looked fab and everyone was impressed. Lovely with a cuppa.

spongemaker1's picture
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A very enjoyable cake, I didn't make the icing & used a deep 20cm tin then cooked it a little longer. Excellent way to use up some of the apples & walnuts we have here in abundance in Bulgaria but it takes ages to shell the nuts!

sallytat's picture
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This cake was simple to make and very tasty. I did tweek a little with the icing as I have not got room in my fridge for this cake so I did ordinary buttercream with table spoon of black treacle turned out well would definitley make again.

bexsterdexster's picture
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I instead toasted the walnuts, blitzed them in a food processor and then mixed in with the cake mixture before cooking. It worked well!

jennifer61's picture
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Oops forgot to rate it!!!

jennifer61's picture
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Just made this today. WOW gorgeous moist and flavoursome. Will definitely recommend to others and make again. Might try pear and pecan next time

leonamc33's picture
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This cake is fab - however don't make the icing with all the ingredients at once. Cream the butter and icing sugar & sugar together first. Then add the treacle and soft cheese. Otherwise you will end up using everything in the kitchen to make the icing not lumpy!

swetmanje's picture
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Made this using Bramley apples and maple syrup instead of treacle. Absolutely delicious! Everyone at work loved it. It's like a carrot cake but nicer and so, so moist. The maple syrup icing was gorgeous; I imagine the treacle and brown sugar combination might taste a bit too treacly for icing.

rebeccamottershead's picture
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Made this for my son's birthday. Swapped the walnuts for pecans and used maple syrup in the icing instead of treacle, which everyone loved. Will try this again with apple purée added spread in the middle because the family said they would like it with even more apple!

livvyzigg's picture
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Brilliant cake, very tasty and different and easy to make. I also added icing sugar to the treacle icing to make it sweeter. will be making it again

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