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)

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.

annagrima's picture

What about making this cake but leaving it without icing. Any comments are welcome!

katvic's picture

enjoyed this cake will make again. I didn't have any walnuts in so used pecan and hazelnuts with the apples and it was yummy. Also used philly and icing sugar mix for sandwiching the cake together. Felt the icing give in recipe too sweet.

odelle's picture

Great idea, thanks...I used pecans, like the idea of adding hazelnuts into mix. Must try this combination as I love nuts.
I used butter, S.R. Flour, grated apples, zest & juice of orange, chopped-toasted pecans, golden syrup, raisins, ground almonds added to mixture, makes a tasty, moist cake.
Iced with traditional full-fat cream cheese icing & decorated with whole pecans...
This makes a cake with good keeping qualities due to butter & ground almonds in place of same amount of flour.
Easy cake to make & freeze before icing.

jackiep's picture

This is a fab cake, a great way to use up too many apples off the tree, tastes lovely and cooks well even with plain flour.
I love the treacle icing, my son found it a bit of a strong taste so i'll try golden syrup next time

rwarburtononsea's picture

This made a fantastic cup cake and the topping made with the treacle was just that little different and sophisticated.

hollypops's picture

This cake is rich and delicious! Defiantly the taste of Autumn. However, I made a couple of changes. The icing is not sweet enough and needs icing sugar. The first batch i discarded and started again, missing out the brown sugar and swopping for icing sugar which I kept adding until I found the right balance. I added 100g of sultanas to the cake mix too.


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