This Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake is the kind that Grandma would take to the church social. It’s probably a cake you could find in a church fund-raising cookbook.
It’s got an amazing crust that’s crunchy and sweet. The apples add sweetness and moisture, while the walnuts add just the right amount of nutty crunch.
This cake is one that everyone will love. And, you’ll get loads of requests for the recipe.
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I used about 5-6 fresh apples to make 5 cups chopped apples.
I used a combination of Granny Smith apples and honey crisp apples in my cake.
Granny Smith apples are my favorite kind of apple. And, Granny Smiths are among the lower-sugar fruits you can eat. Which I think makes them a perfect choice for this cake.
I also choose Honey Crisp apples for this cake because they are my husband’s favorite apples; he likes the sweeter apples. And, I always enjoy having a variety of apples in my baked goods. I think the variety helps add to the flavor of the finished cake.
Are you sure the amount of sugar is correct in this recipe?
That’s a lot of sugar.
I know but, two things:
- It is a dessert. It’s supposed to be sweet. And
- All that sugar helps to create that great crust on this cake. Trust me on this, if you’re going to both to make and eat a cake, it might as well be great, which is what this cake is! I swear, just go with it.
How to toast walnuts
Place nuts on flat baking sheet (I love those air insulted baking sheets), and bake in a 350° F oven for about 9 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown.
Kitchen tools I highly recommend for this recipe
Apple peeler – I highly recommend this great tool, especially if you love cooking with apples. I don’t use mine all the time, but when I use it I’m so glad that I have it. It peels the apple; it cores the apple. It’s easy to use. You can even have it slice the apple.
Whipped cream dispenser – I love homemade whipped cream. It’s so much better than the store bought stuff. It’s rich and creamy. This whipped cream dispenser means all you have to do is pour in the cream, add a little powdered sugar to your taste, and maybe add some vanilla extract. That’s it. Use the charger, shake it up, and you have perfectly whipped delicious homemade whipped cream. Way better than any already whipped from the store.
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Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake Recipe
Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup light tasting oil like canola, vegetable, or grapeseed oil
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 5 cups peeled and diced apples
- 1 ½ cup toasted walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Oil the inside of a 9x13-inch pan, and set aside.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat together eggs, oil, and sugar for 2-3 minutes. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add the flour and baking soda, and slowly beat until barely combined.
- Add the apples and walnuts, and mix together until well combined.
- Turn the mixture into the oiled pan. Bake in 350° F oven about 1 hour, or until the sides of the cake begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and the top is a caramel brown color. Insert tooth pick in center; it will come out clean when cake is baked.
- Cool the cake in the pan. Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar or serve with whipped cream. Cake keeps well in cool place.