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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alijfish's picture
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As a non-baker, I found this cake very easy to make. Came out perfect! Tasted delicious, very moist due to the apples. Didn't last long, every crumb was eaten. I'll definitely make this again.

Foodmonster2's picture
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Loved it, especially the icing. What a good idea to use treacle, I'm hooked!

vivo50's picture

I tried half the recipee it was great gone in one day though I made no frosting delicious

6dinnersid's picture
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Enjoyed making it as I love to bake but wouldn't rush to make it again. Prefer other apple cakes I have made. It didn't disappear as quickly as other cakes in our house so husband and kids felt the same!

bondi64's picture

Absolutely fabulous! My work colleagues demolished it in minutes.
Very moist and tasty! and best of all easy to make

cathyodowd's picture
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The cake was nice enough but not a good as a carrot cake

samantha1968's picture

What is the suggested cooking time to make this recipe as cupcakes ?

susypig's picture
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Yuk! Made this last week and followed recipe to the letter but did not enjoy it and gave the rest to the hens! Definitely better cake recipes on the site. I don't think the rapeseed oil enhances it at all.

carolaitken's picture

Please could you tell me Whirlwind, How long and at what temperature you bake your cupcakes ? they sound delicius!

patrick11's picture
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I have just made my second apple and walnut cake because the whole family loves it. It is so easy to make. I have loads of cooking apples in my garden so I will be make one or two for freezing.
Well done.

penny251119's picture

Can anybody sugest a sugar substitute for this recipe suitable for a diabetic. Would love to make for my son but this has too much sugar for him.

fionamort2408's picture
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Brilliant! Easy peasy to make and impressed everyone. Kept well in the fridge. Really liked the frosting

cgriff9575's picture

this cake is so easy to make mine turned out brilliantly. So moist and light. The icing was awesome....lovely flavour...tasted of autumn....brilliant recipe would definately make again.

whirlwind's picture
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I had some apples out of a friend's garden so decided to make this recipe, I made this into cupcakes, using the icing for them top of them, so that I could take them to our local pub for the quiz night. Thought they would be easier to serve than a large cake.

I added a few sultanas to the cake mix. I didn't have any treacle in so used some golden syrup instead. I also added a little icing sugar as I didn't feel the topping was sweet enough, it was a bit tangy from the soft cheese.

Despite the quiz only being very quiet this week, all 24 cakes were demolished with some people having more than one.

Everyone loved them, commenting that they weren't too sweet - just right. Apparently they go really well with beer!

josbahr's picture
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Should also add, I made it in a single tin and didn't bother icing it. I don't need the extra sweetness that the icing would bring.

josbahr's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! A great way to use the apples off my tree this time of year. Feel I may be baking this again next week. Yum yum!

alisoncox's picture

Tried the icing alone with low fat cheese but it was runny and not sweet enough. I did not realise the importance of full fat over low fat cheese.

lightandairy's picture

Really nice recipe. Made this for a pudding for friends- everyone loved it. I liked the addtion of the treacle in the icing-a bit different from the usual butter cream which can be too sweet.
Have already added this to my list to make again.

cathysuzuki's picture

This cake was yummy and easy. I used molasses instead of black treacle for the icing, it was a bit runny, but still nice. If anyone's tried the cake un-iced, what was it like?

francoise60's picture

This was delicious, but I made some changes. I replaced the walnuts in the mix with 50g of raisins soaked in brandy. I made the icing with maple syrup and decorated with walnuts.
There was also too much mixture for 2 tins, so mine is a 3-layer cake. Yummy though and one to repeat.

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