Apple Pecan Cake

Apple Walnut Cake

There are cakes that sound dull right from the start – and for some weird reason, they are often the ones that surprise you the most.

Listen, it’s Blue Monday, today was my first day at a new job and I just moved to a country where a) I don’t know anyone b) I don’t even speak the native language. There are probably more useful things I could be doing now than sitting in my weird “serviced apartment” (without an oven!!!) and writing a five-pharagraph essay on an apple cake I baked during Christmas back home.

But, you know, whatever works I guess – and this was a seriously good cake. Maybe even one of my favourites.


It really is one of these cakes that surprise you. Even though it sounds boring, it is pretty decadent – moist (ugh sorry), full of flavour, buttery and rich but also not making you want to kill yourself if you have more than one slice. Once I go through all the German bureaucracy and get a working oven I might actually bake it again – just looking at these pictures made me pretty happy.


Apple Walnut Cake


It’s one of these cakes you can add anything you want to – don’t like  raisins? Swap them for cranberries. Or be crazy and add blueberries even. Counting down on sugar? You can skip the chocolate. Nothing bad comes from experimenting – take it from the girl that has to use Google translate on every site she visits these days.






-4 eggs

-2 cups flour

-1 tsp baking powder

-1tsp baking soda

-Pinch of salt

-50g raisins

-50g dried cranberries

-1 cup pecan nuts/walnuts/any nuts

-100g dark/milk chocolate

-4 apples

-2 tsp cinnamon

-3/4 cup brown sugar

-6 tbsp butter, melted

To decorate:

-Orange marmalade/jam

-Coconut flakes

-Powdered Sugar


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 Fahrenheit), line your tin with baking parchment (any size will do: 20x30cm is recommended though)
  2. Soften the raisins and cranberries by soaking them in boiling water for 10minutes, drain.
  3. Chop the chocolate and nuts, peel the apples and grate them using the large holes
  4. Sift the flour to a medium-sized bowl, add baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt and mix
  5. Beat the eggs with the sugar in a big bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy (approx 10 mins), continue beating gradually adding the butter
  6. Add the dry ingredients to your wet mixture and mix only until combined
  7. Add the apples, chocolate & nuts, gently mix with a wooden spoon
  8. Bake for around 40 mins, until the toothpick inserted to the centre of the cake comes out clean
  9. Once cooled, spread a thin layer of your jam/marmalade, sift powdered sugar on top, decorate with coconut flakes.


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