Sweets & Desserts

Apple and walnut cake with cream cheese frosting

Based on the carrot cupcake recipe, this apple and walnut cake is moist inside with a light crisp crust on top, not too dense, not too sweet and the addition of roughly chopped walnuts provides a nice contrast to the otherwise old-fashioned texture. The cake is wonderful by itself but, for a more festive look and feel, I decided it deserves to get smeared liberally with rich cream cheese frosting.

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Ingredients

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and grated (don’t squeeze out the juice), and tossed with 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
    1/2 c. of dark brown sugar
    3/4 c. of crushed pineapple, well drained
    2 eggs
    1-1/2 c. of all-purpose flour
    3/4 c. of white sugar
    1 tsp. of baking powder
    1 tsp. of salt
    1 tbsp. of ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. of ground nutmeg
    1/2 c. of vegetable oil
    1/2 tsp. of vanilla essence
    1 c. of roughly chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

    In a bowl, mix the grated apples with the brown sugar. Set aside.

    In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

    In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and vegetable oil. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

    Add the crushed pineapples and vanilla essence. Stir to blend.

    Add the flour mixture and walnuts. Mix until blended.

    Stir in the apple-sugar mixture.

    Pour into an eight-inch round pan (I used silicone; if using a regular non-stick pan, butter and line with baking paper). Bake at 350F for 50 to 55 minutes.

    Cool in the pan for about five minutes. Invert then cool on a rack. You may want to cut off the rounded top before frosting.

Quick Notes

For the cream cheese frosting:

1 250-g. block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/3 c. of butter, softened to room temperature
2 to 3 c. of sifted confectioner’s (powdered) sugar, depending on how sweet you like your frosting

Beat the softened cream cheese and butter together. Add the confectioner’s sugar, half a cup at a time, mixing after each addition until smooth.

Spread the cream cheese frosting on the top and sides of the cooled cake.

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Cooking time (duration): about an hour and a half, excluding frosting time

Number of servings (yield): 1 cake, 8-inches in diamater

Meal type: dessert

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