Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess I don’t think that I have ever been to a bonfire night celebration as an adult, though the holiday is tinged with nostalgia; as a child I remember being bundled up warm and heading out as a family to watch the local firework display and burning of the guy; or building a bonfire in the back garden (check for hedgehogs!) and fashioning a guy from old clothes and newspaper and then gleefully setting fire to it… There are certain foods that are always reminiscent of Guy Fawkes night as well; crisp, cheesy jacket potatoes, mulled apple juice (though I prefer the grown-up kind now!), squidgy gingerbread, toffee apples, and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire; I used to let mine catch fire so that they were burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside…

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake - Domestic GothessI decided to combine a couple of the classic bonfire night recipes – gingerbread and toffee apples to make this loaf cake. It is a soft, moist, spiced gingerbread cake with juicy apple mixed through the batter and arranged in slices on top, drizzled with a gloriously sticky toffee sauce; it is immensely satisfying, warming and more-ish. It is a very easy cake to make, and although it takes a while to bake, the batter itself comes together very quickly and the smell while it bakes is fantastic and makes the house feel very warm and homely. Making the toffee sauce is merely a matter of melting some chewy toffee sweets in a pan with a little bit of milk then pouring it over the cake, it will take you no more than five minutes but for so little effort it is extremely tasty; it took all my willpower not to just eat it all from the pan with a spoon…

Sticky toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake - Domestic GothessWith cake you need tea, and this cake goes perfectly with Taylors spiced apple tea, a delicious blend of apple and warm spices; I am already slightly addicted to it and it is good to drink at all times of day (or night). A steaming hot mugful and a wodge of toffee apple gingerbread loaf is just the ticket to keep you toasty while you head outside to watch the fireworks. So tell me, what are/were your bonfire night traditions? Do you celebrate it or is it just for the children?Β  Also, check out Lucy’s fantastic looking easy spiced apple turnovers for another Bonfire Night treat! There’s also some more information about Taylors spiced apple tea and some more recipe ideas here.

Sticky toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess

Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Servings 1 loaf
Author Domestic Gothess



  • 100 g (7 tbsp) softened butter
  • 100 g (1/2 cup + 1tbsp) dark brown soft sugar
  • 125 g (4.5oz) golden syrup
  • 50 g (1.75oz) treacle
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175 g (1 + 1/2 cups) self raising flour
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eating apples peeled and cored, one cut into small dice, one thinly sliced

Toffee Sauce

  • 100 g (3.5oz) chewy toffees
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3. Grease an approx 22x11cm (8.5x4in) loaf tin and line with a strip of baking parchment.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar, golden syrup and treacle together until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, ground ginger and cinnamon.
  3. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time, whisking well after each addition and adding a heaped tablespoon of the flour mix with each one. Add the rest of the flour along with the milk and salt and mix until just combined. Finally fold in the diced apple.
  4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Arrange the sliced apple in a row along the middle of the loaf. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean; cover the top of the loaf with foil after about 40 minutes to prevent it from getting too dark.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for about half an hour then carefully turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  6. To make the toffee topping, place the toffees and milk in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the toffees have melted and the sauce is smooth, add a drop more milk if it is too thick to drizzle.
  7. Drizzle the sauce all over the cake and serve. The cake will keep well in an airtight container for up to a week, though the toffee sauce will lose it's shine.

Toffee apple gingerbread cake - Domestic Gothess

Gooey toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake - Domestic GothessThis post is sponsored by Taylors Tea, all opinions are my own.

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44 Comments on Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

  1. Kathryn
    November 5, 2015 at 11:10 am (2 years ago)

    This bread is so over the top and I’m so excited to try it! I can’t believe it’s so easy and I can’t wait to warm up the house with these smells. So much flavor and so much festive autumn and holiday perfection rolled up into this recipe – YUM!

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

      There’s no better way to make the house feel warm and cosy when it is cold and miserable outside than by baking a cake, especially a spiced one πŸ™‚

  2. Charlotte Oates
    November 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds absolutely delicious – perfect for bonfire night. Great tip about making the toffee sauce by simply melting down toffees. I always make my own but it takes a bit longer, this would be great if you’re in a bit of a hurry (or you have saucepans that refuse to let you make caramel as mine started to – I had to buy new ones!).

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Charlotte, yes I usually make my own toffee sauce too but it is a handy shortcut! x

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie!

  3. Jenn P.
    November 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous…and I’m betting incredibly tasty. Must make this weekend!

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      Incredibly tasty indeed!

  4. bakeplaysmile
    November 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh!! I’m thinking that this would be a perfect dessert for Christmas! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party. xx

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      Yes it would be lovely for Christmas πŸ™‚ or just any time over the winter! x

  5. Jhuls
    November 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fantastic looking cake, Hannah. I haven’t tried apple tea before, but I am sure it tastes delicious. Tea is indeed perfect with your Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf. Thank you for sharing this at this week’s FF. I hope you are ready to make another batch as I see your slices are coming to an end. πŸ˜€

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

      Apple tea is lovely πŸ™‚ perfect for the colder weather and I imagine it would be fantastic with a shot of rum in it… πŸ˜›

  6. hijackedbytwins
    November 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh wow this looks so delicious! Perfect for afternoon tea! x #bakeoftheweek

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kirsty! x

  7. CakePants
    November 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Whoa…this looks beyond amazing!! What a wonderful treat for the holidays. I could eat that toffee sauce by the spoonful!

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I did eat several spoonfuls of the toffee sauce before it made it onto the cake…

  8. skd
    November 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm (2 years ago)

    This is beautiful, tempting and lip smackingly delicious looking…Wow!! Simply Wow!!

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

  9. Loretta
    November 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful loaf, I’d hate to spoil it by cutting into it, it’s just perfect!

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! I couldn’t wait to cut into it and eat a massive slice!

  10. petra08
    November 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

    So anughtly but soooo good! The flavours and all in a cake?! Yum πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Petra πŸ™‚

  11. Kaila
    November 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    The toffee sauce on top is simply mouthwatering. I love everything from the presentation to the ingredients. I’m sure your dish will be a hit at the fiesta this week with it’s blend of fall comfort flavors- gingerbread and toffee. Thanks for bringing this bread to the fiesta, and I hope you have a marvelous weekend! πŸ˜€

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

      It was a real struggle to not just pour the toffee sauce directly into my mouth.. Thanks Kaila πŸ™‚

  12. Louise Fairweather
    November 9, 2015 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

    This looks amazing! I want to try more flavoured cakes as I tend to just make sponges #bakeoftheweek

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Louise, this is a great flavoured one to make as it is really easy but so delicious!

  13. Andrea Giang | Cooking with a Wallflower
    November 10, 2015 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! This gingerbread loaf looks so decadent. I love that you used a combination of toffee and apple in this. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • hannahhossack
      November 10, 2015 at 8:57 am (2 years ago)

      It is very decadent, but is also the kind of cake that you could eat a massive slice of and then go back for more…

  14. Babes about Town
    November 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow this is so sinful looking, creative and absolutely delicious to the eye (and mouth I imagine). The combination sounds gorgeous, only wish I could bake something so impressive, definitely bookmarking for when I’m feeling ambitious πŸ˜‰

  15. Honest Mum
    November 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I am on a health kick, this is torture, you are amazing, woman! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  16. dishofdailylife
    November 13, 2015 at 12:12 am (2 years ago)

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! It looks so delicious! You’re being featured tonight on #FoodieFriDIY. πŸ™‚

  17. Jerri
    November 13, 2015 at 3:02 am (2 years ago)

    This looks so scrumptious! Thanks for linking up with us for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week!

  18. Angie
    November 13, 2015 at 3:44 am (2 years ago)

    This I must try! YUM!!

  19. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen
    November 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

    That cake wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house, Hannah! That toffee sauce looks amazing! x

  20. Helen at Casa Costello
    November 24, 2015 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    Please tell me you ate at least 1 spoonful straight from the pan!? This just looks incredible – I am rather sad not to be devouring it right now at my computer screen. Thank so much for sticking with Bake of the Week – New linky back later today after a manic few weeks getting my act together x

    • hannahhossack
      November 26, 2015 at 1:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I ate at least THREE spoonfuls straight from the pan! πŸ˜› x


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