Lisa Faulkner's chocolate and walnut torte recipe

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A chocolate and walnut cake that's a favourite with all the family. Serve this chocolate cake for afternoon tea or dessert. For more masterchef recipes visit

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time1 hours 5 mins

A rich and sticky favourite with all the family, this chocolate and walnut torte is the perfect way to end your meal


  • 120g chopped walnuts
  • 80g chopped dates
  • 80g chopped ready-to-eat dried apricots
  • 80g crystalised pineapple
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 3tbsp plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 80g grated dark chocolate




  1. Preheat oven to 150C, gas mark 3
  2. Beat the eggs until pale and fluffy
  3. Sift the sugar, flour, baking powder and cinnamon and fold in
  4. Add the walnuts, dates, apricots, pineapple and grated chocolate and mix well
  5. Grease a 22cm loose bottomed cake tin
  6. Pour in the mixture evenly
  7. Bake for 45-50 mins until golden brown
  8. Allow to cool on a cake rack before serving.
Top Tip for making Lisa Faulkner's chocolate and walnut torte

Make it a nut-free cake by leaving out the walnuts

Lisa Faulkner
Celebrity chef

Lisa Faulkner is an actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modeling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well-loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks, and EastEnders. Lisa's cooking and recipes have been inspired by her mother's love for cooking and love for making family dishes that bring everyone together.