Walnut and Apple Sponge Cake

Walnut and Apple Sponge Cake


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This is a beautiful sponge cake that features apples and walnuts for a twist on the normal plain recipe version of this cake.

Lynn Lewis and Joachim Wahnschaffe

Serves: 12 

  • Sponge Cake
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 60g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 115g (1 cup) ground walnuts
  • 500g soft apples, such as jonathans
  • 16–20 halved walnuts
  • To Serve
  • 2–3 tablespoons apricot jam or orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon apricot or orange liqueur
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Prepare a 26cm springform tin by moisten the base of the tin then lining with baking paper.
  2. Sponge Cake: Using an electric mixer beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a separate bowl then stir through the ground walnuts. Combine with the whites then pour into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
  4. Half, peel and core apples. Slice down the apples hasselback style(making thin slices down from the top round edge to the flat base, but not cutting all the way through) Place the apple pieces close together on top of the sponge mixture. Place walnut halves in spaces in between them. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  5. To Serve: Strain the jam into a small pan, mix with liqueur then melt over a low heat. Brush over cake while still hot. Dust with icing sugar.

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