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



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
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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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  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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annagrima's picture

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

katvic's picture
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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
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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
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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.