Apple & walnut cake with treacle icing

Apple & walnut cake with treacle icing

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


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

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal535
  • fat14g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs89g
  • sugars51g
  • fibre2g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.46g
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  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 140g dark brown soft sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 250ml rapeseed or sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 4 eggs



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  • 3 unpeeled apples, coarsely grated



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

For the icing

  • 100g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g dark soft brown sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 200g tub full fat soft cheese


  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

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Comments (49)

swetmanje's picture

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

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

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

alijfish's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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