This delicious and easy to make Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake is the kind that Grandma would take to the church social.
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Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake

This Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake is the kind that Grandma would take to the church social, with 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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword angel food cake, apple
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 15 generous servings
Calories 453 kcal
Author Debi


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Oil the inside of a 9x13-inch pan, and set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat together eggs, oil, and sugar for 2-3 minutes. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add the flour and baking soda, and slowly beat until barely combined.
  4. Add the apples and walnuts, and mix together until well combined.
  5. 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.
  6. Cool the cake in the pan. Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar or serve with whipped cream. Cake keeps well in cool place.
Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Apple Walnut Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 388mg 16%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 44g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.