Thermomix Walnut Cake

This is another cracker from A Generous Helping. It’s from Kathy’s Great Grandmother’s cookbook and is over 70 years old. I’ve converted it to the Thermomix, it may be an oldie, but trust me, it’s a goodie!


125g butter

170g raw sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 eggs

300g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon mixed spice

125g milk

60g walnuts


125g raw sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon lemon juice

How to

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Lightly grease and flour a ring tin.
    2. Add the flour, salt and mixed spice  into the TM bowl and mix for 10 seconds on speed 6. Set aside.
    3. Mill the sugar for 10 seconds on speed 9.
    4. Add the butter and chop for 5 seconds on speed 8. Insert the butterfly and cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes onspeed 4. Scrape down sides and base of bowl halfway through.
    5. With the blades running on speed 3, add the eggs through the hole in the lid. This should take about 30 seconds.
    6. Add half the combined flour mixture and mix for 5 seconds on speed 4. 
    7. Add the milk  to the TM bowl and mix for 5 seconds on speed 4. Scrape down sides and base of bowl.
    8. Add the remainder of the flour mixture and mix for 5 seconds on speed 4. Scrape down base and sides of bowl.
    9. Add walnuts and  mix for a further 5 seconds on speed 4.
    10. The mixture will be quite thick. Spoon into cake tin, smooth the top and bake for 30-35 minutes.
    11. Remove for the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack.
    12. When the cake is completely cool, make the icing. Mill 125g raw sugar to icing sugar for 15 seconds on speed 9. Add 1 ablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon  juice and mix on speed 5 until combined.
    13. Spread the top of the cake with the icing.

Other info

Prep time: 5 minutes   Cooking time: 35 minutes plus cooling and icing

I never cease to be amazed at how adaptable we humans really are.

Our lives have changed so much the past few days, but yet it feels like life has always been this way. We’ve got into our groove, he and I.

I don’t go to work, I go to hospital instead.


We spend a significant proportion of the day balancing on a hospital bed illicitly stocking up on a quota of cuddles which makes sleeping with a toy monkey almost bearable.

We drink bad hospital coffee and think it is good.

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We have never seen so much of our friends, albeit by my husband’s hospital bed.

He sleeps and I watch him (just to check he’s breathing.)

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I’m now the driver in the family, albeit of a wheelchair.

I give him fruit and he eats it (of his own volition!)

He watches TV  while I read aloud out of the Stroke Manual (yes, that’s a thing.)

My Stroke Journey

He listens to his doctors and I interrogate them.

He gets cared for by nurses and I feed them.

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I plan his outfits and he wears them. (Best Dressed Patient of 2014 award coming his way!)

We laugh but we don’t cry.

That’s just how it is. It’s our new reality. For now anyway. 

And in the meantime I’ll just…

Keep Calm and Bake On

So what’s new with you? How are you keeping calm this week? 


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