Apple Walnut Cake

Apple Walnut Cake is a moist snack cake with apples and walnuts in every bite. It’s one of the best apple recipes to make during the apple picking season! This cake is so full of flavor that no frosting is needed. A simple dusting powdered sugar will do!


Apple Walnut Cake

Have you ever tried to grow your own apples?

My mom and dad have had apple trees for years. I’ve gotten to enjoy their applesauce, pies and cobblers over the years. I knew I wanted apple trees when I got my own house.

Fast forward 16 years later and guess what? I have my own apple trees! Unfortunately they are very small.  Last year was the first year they produced fruit and we got about 18 apples.  This year our trees were full of blossoms. I could picture myself using those perfectly round McIntosh in a few pies and apple danishes of my very own.

Something happened to those gorgeous blossoms, though.  We ended up with a whopping 3 apples this year.  No pies for us, but you can bet I’m going to enjoy those 3 apples for an afternoon snack sometime soon!

slice of apple walnut cake on a plate with a fork

Although we had to use store-bought apples, I still love the simplicity of this little Apple Walnut Cake.  Apples take center stage. Cinnamon and walnuts pair perfectly with those apples.

Every bite you take will be filled with apple-cinnamon, nutty loveliness.

slice of apple walnut cake with a forkful next to it

Apple Walnut Cake Recipe Notes

The longest part of the recipe preparation will be peeling and coring the apples.  Even that will be a breeze if you have a hand-crank apple peeler/corer/slicer.

Just as we told you when we made the Amish Apple Goodie a few weeks ago, those hand-crank peelers are a life-saver if you do much baking with apples at all.  In about 3 minutes you’ll have the 5 apples that are needed for this recipe completely ready.

slice of moist cinnamon snack cake with apples and walnuts

I wanted to keep the apple walnut cake basic, so I put an effortless dusting of powdered sugar on top. It makes the cake look pretty and gives just a touch of extra sweetness to the cake.

This apple walnut cake is my idea of a great start to a morning. Along with a cup of Russian tea or coffee, of course.  And it’s the perfect ending to a long day. Enjoy!

Apple Walnut Cake on a plate
Apple Walnut Cake on a plate

Apple Walnut Cake

4.83 from 17 votes
Apple Walnut Cake is a moist cake with apples and walnuts in every bite. This cake is so full of flavor that no frosting is needed. A simple dusting powdered sugar will do!
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 267 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 apples peeled, cored and chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium-size bowl, blend together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture mix just until blended.
  • Fold in the apples and nuts.
  • Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the batter into a 9x13 pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-38 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool and then sprinkle the top with powdered sugar.



Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 269

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