I found a recipe for Apple & Walnut cake with treacle icing on the BBC Good Food website (where else?!) and thought it sounded interesting - I wasn't sure how I felt about treacle/cream cheese frosting but decided to give it a whirl.
300g plain flour
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
140g dark brown soft sugar
50g golden caster sugar
250ml rapeseed or sunflower oil
100g walnuts, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 150c / gas mark 2, and grease/line two 20cm cake tins.
2. Put the flour, cinnamon, bicarb, and sugars into a bowl, and stir together.
3. Grate the apples (unpeeled) and add in along with the oil and eggs.
4. Beat together, and then fold in the walnuts.
5. Spoon into the tins then bake for 45 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
6. Cool in the tin for a few minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
100g butter - softened
50g dark soft brown sugar
1 tbsp black treacle
200g tub full fat soft cheese
1. Beat all the ingredients together, and then chill in the fridge until spreadable.
2. Use half the mixture to sandwich the cakes together, then the rest to top.
3. I sprinkled some cinnamon and some left over walnuts on the top to decorate.
This cake was hailed a hit, Mike enjoyed it (but of course!) and I deposited slabs of it with my best friend, my Mum, and Mike's parents - all of whom said it was yummy! I wasn't sure how the treacle would taste in the topping but it really gave the cake a different twist and a bit of a tang. It was lovely and moist aswell.
There's still almost a week left to get your apples out and whip something up for The Pink Whisk's challenge - check out the details here, there are some great prizes up for grabs!