Apple & walnut cake with treacle icing

Apple & walnut cake with treacle icing

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(30 ratings)

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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24th Feb, 2013
This was rich and delicious, I love apple and walnuts and they were amazing in this cake! I also made cupcakes with this recipe :) If you want to join our growing community of bakers we are on facebook. We share recipes, get tips and show off each others creations, the aim is to encourage everyone to start baking, and to show people how easy it can be!
23rd Feb, 2013
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.
4th Jan, 2013
I absolutely love this cake! Perfect results every time.
27th Dec, 2012
Delicious - especially the treacle buttercream! Looked fab and everyone was impressed. Lovely with a cuppa.
15th Nov, 2012
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!
5th Nov, 2012
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.
26th Oct, 2012
I instead toasted the walnuts, blitzed them in a food processor and then mixed in with the cake mixture before cooking. It worked well!
25th Oct, 2012
Oops forgot to rate it!!!
25th Oct, 2012
Just made this today. WOW gorgeous moist and flavoursome. Will definitely recommend to others and make again. Might try pear and pecan next time
18th Oct, 2012
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!


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