Friday, 31 May 2013

An easy Apple Cake

Apple and Walnut Cake

On a cold winter’s day chocolate cake just doesn’t do it for us. We’d rather have something warm and spicy. My apple and walnut cake recipe, redolent with spices and served warm with lashings of cream or a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt is just what we feel like. It generously serves 8-10.

Peel the apples while sitting by the fire and then you will only need to escape to the kitchen briefly to stir them into the batter and put the cake into the oven.

I used sweet Braeburn apples but if you use Granny Smiths you may want to increase the sugar to 1 cup.


4 cups of apples, peeled and chopped

3/4 cup of castor sugar

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1 cup of chopped walnuts

2 eggs

1 teaspoons of vanilla essence

The grated rind of 1/2 lemon

2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of mixed spice

1/2 teaspoon of salt


Mix the chopped apples with the sugar

Whisk the vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla essence together

Stir in the sugared apples, walnuts and lemon rind.

In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and salt

Add the dry ingredients to the apple mixture and stir to mix.

Pour the batter into a greased 22 1/2 cm cake tin

Bake at 180 degrees C for 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean

Serve with Greek yoghurt or whipped cream

I created this recipe for my regular spot on The Breeze radio Station in Auckland:


  1. Hi Lyn
    I am just trying the above recipe - smells wonderful! - but thought I should mention that you have put the oven heat at 350 degrees C. Am thinking that 180 is more like it. :-)
    You're recipes are great, thank you!

  2. Thanks Jayne. You are quite right and I have corrected the temperature. Glad you are enjoying my recipes.