30th Birthday Celebrations with Apple and Walnut Cake


As I love to bake so much, friends often ask me to bake the odd birthday or celebration cake, which I am more than happy to do! This weekend has been the birthdays of two gorgeous girls (inside & out) from my office; Lisa and Olivia – to celebrate their special days I offered to make a cake and was delighted when Olivia made a very specific request for a cake I had never made before. I reached for my favourite recipe database BBC Good Food and found this recipe – we will see how well it is received tomorrow, however the icing is delicious!! YUM 😀


For the cake;

  • 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


1) Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and line two 20cm cake tins

2) Sieve the flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a big bowl, then stir in the sugars, making sure there are no lumps of sugar

3) Add the oil, eggs and apples, and beat everything together

4) Fold in the walnuts then divide the mixture between the tins

5) Pop in the oven 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

6) For the icing, beat all the ingredients together then chill until the mixture is thick but spreadable

7) Spread half the icing on top of one cake, sandwich with the other and spread the remaining icing on top

Enjoy! Mmmmm

P.S. It was lovely, delicious and very moist!


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