Love Cake

Love Cake
  • Serves icon Serves 12
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, oven-time 40 min, plus cooling

Spread the love with this shareable teatime traybake by Paul Allam and David McGuinness, authors of the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook. In their words: ”it is the nutty, slightly burnt caramel flavour and moist consistency, combined with a crumbly, biscuity base, that make it so delicious”.


  • 265g self-raising flour
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 320g soft brown sugar
  • 100g golden syrup or treacle
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 80g walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Grease a 23 cm (9 inch) square cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper, allowing it to protrude about 2.5 cm (1 inch) above the tin.
  2. Put the flour, butter, sugar and golden syrup into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix to combine, then remove 400 g (14 oz) of the mixture and press it into the base of the prepared cake tin.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg and bicarbonate of soda. With the motor running, slowly add it to the rest of the mixture, scraping down the side of the bowl as you go. Add the nuts, cinnamon, pepper, cloves — and heaps and heaps of love, even more than usual. Pour the batter into the cake tin, then dust with the nutmeg.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F) and bake for another 35 minutes, or until dark golden on top and just set.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out.

delicious. tips

  1. Your love cake will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 1 week; bring back to room temperature for serving.


Fancy getting a copy in print?

Subscribe to our magazine

Rate & review



Share a tip

Or, how about...?

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Banana bread recipes

Banana, chocolate and tahini loaf cake

This banana and chocolate loaf uses tahini, cardamom and sesame...

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Biscuit recipes

Cookie s’mores traybake

We’ve taken our love for s’mores up a notch with...

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Afternoon tea recipes

St Clement’s squares

Make your mum these lemony, flower-topped St Clement’s shortbreads to...

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Teatime traybake recipes

Beetroot and chocolate traybake

Beetroot is the shining star in this take on a...

Subscribe to our magazine

Food stories, skills and tested recipes, straight to your door... Enjoy 5 issues for just £5 with our special introductory offer.


Unleash your inner chef

Looking for inspiration? Receive the latest recipes with our newsletter

We treat your data with care. See our privacy policy. By signing up, you are agreeing to delicious.’ terms and conditions. Unsubscribe at any time.