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Apple cake with treacle icing

  • serves 10-12
  • Easy

How do you make spiced apple cake even better? Top it with a bitter-sweet black treacle icing. Serve slices with a brew for an afternoon pick-me-up


Bake this apple cake with black treacle icing, then check out our toffee apple cake, apple pieapple crumble and more apple recipes.



  • unsalted butter 200g, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • soft dark brown sugar 200g
  • black treacle 50g
  • eggs 4
  • apples 3 (about 300g), cored and grated
  • pecans 50g, chopped
  • self-raising flour 225g
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • mixed spice 1 tsp
  • fine sea salt 1⁄2 tsp


  • butter 150g, softened
  • icing sugar 300g
  • black treacle 2 tbsp, plus extra to drizzle


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a deep 24cm springform cake tin and line with baking paper. Tip the butter into a bowl with the sugar and treacle, and beat with an electric whisk until really light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs, one at a time, whisking well in between each addition.

  • Step 2

    Fold in the grated apple, pecans, flour, bicarb, spices and salt, then scrape into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when poked into the middle. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool fully.

  • Step 3

    To make the icing, beat the butter with an electric whisk until really soft. Add the icing sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whisking in between each addition until you have a light, fluffy icing. Whisk in the treacle until fully incorporated.

  • Step 4

    Put the cooled cake on a cake plate or stand and spoon the treacle icing over the top, gently spreading it to the edges with the back of the spoon. Drizzle with a little extra black treacle, if you like. Cut into slices and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 536
  • Fat 28.9g
  • Saturates 16g
  • Carbs 63.2g
  • Sugars 48.8g
  • Fibre 1.4g
  • Protein 5g
  • Salt 1g