Apple Walnut Cake

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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.

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! They are still small, but every year they are full of blossoms so one day we will be harvesting. I can picture myself using those perfectly round McIntosh apples in a few pies, apple danishes and apple walnut cake of my very own.

I still love the simplicity of this little Apple Walnut Cake.  Apples take center stage. Cinnamon and walnuts pair perfectly with those apples.

slices of apple walnut cake

About this Apple Walnut Cake Recipe:

  • Flavor: This cake is loaded with apple cinnamon flavor. If you remember any type of apple cake or bread from when you were young, this will remind you of it. Simple and comforting!
  • Texture: Keep the walnuts and apple pieces larger for more texture, or chop them finely for less texture. The cake is moist and tender either way.
slice of apple walnut cake on a plate with a fork

What are the best apples for apple cake?

You’ll see that this cake is stuffed full of apples.

Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan and Gala apples all great apples for baking are commonly found in grocery stores. Braeburn and Winesap are delicious too.

Do you have to peel apples for baking?

You don’t have to, but I highly recommend it. I don’t like the texture of baked apple skins in my cakes, pies and breads, so I always peel the apples.

Here’s a little tip.

The best invention ever is an Apple Pie Peeler/Corer. It makes working with apples a breeze. Just as we told you when we made the Amish Apple Goodie, 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.

How to Make Apple Walnut Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture mix just until blended.
  • Fold in the apples and nuts.
apples and walnuts in a bowl of cake batter
  • Pour the batter into a 9×13 pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
baked apple walnut cake in a 9x13 pan

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.

apple walnut cake on a spatula

Recipe Variations

  • Add other spices such as nutmeg, allspice or cloves. They all pair well with apples.
  • Try adding raisins if your family wouldn’t mind.
  • Want frosting on the cake? I recommend a cream cheese frosting.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for a special treat.
caramel drizzling over apple walnut cake

Storage Instructions

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Then store in the fridge or freezer.

For longer term freezer storage, wrap in plastic wrap, then place in a second container and freezer for up to 6 weeks. Allow the cake to thaw completely before unwrapping it.

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

4.54 from 174 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

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13" baking pan with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Pour the batter into a 9×13 pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool and then sprinkle the top with powdered sugar.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Refrigerate or freeze after that.

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Notes

Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

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
Keyword apple dessert, easy apple cake

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Morgan
9 years ago

5 stars
Just wanted to chime in on the comments about this being an amazing cake. I made it yesterday just to have something sweet around the house, and like others I was a bit dubious about the amount of apples needed. It came out absolutely perfect! 5 stars for sure.

Shirin
9 years ago

I usually don’t leave any feedback online but I just made this cake yesterday for my husband’s birthday (he requested something moist with walnuts in it) and it was one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever made. Like others I was a bit worried about the amount of apples but it turned out so well! I also subbed half of the white sugar with brown sugar, used butter and added a little bit of extra walnuts. My husband can’t stop raving about how delicious the cake is and asked me to make sure to save the recipe 🙂 This… Read more »

Hannah
9 years ago

This recipe is amazing! I can’t keep my hands off of it, so yummy, moist, and flavorful! I love that it is simply full of the apples and nuts, I will admit I was nervous when I saw how much apple went into the recipe. I did sub 1 cup of white and 3/4 cup of brown sugar instead of all white because I love brown sugar and the flavor it gives to baked goods, especially apples 🙂
Thank you!

Cathie Pannell
9 years ago

Made this Apple Walnut Cake today and it’s amazing. My 84 yr old parents love it and my husband and I cannt stay away from the cake pan. I fixed it in a bundt pan and added 10 minutes to cooking time. This cake will be a awesome present to give for the holidays . Thank you for sharing.

Yvonne kirk
9 years ago

I am writing this while my cake bakes. It smells amazing and don’t think I will be able to let it cool. Thanks for this recipie
Yvonne

Lauren
9 years ago

How big would you say the apples are? Is the recipe for 5 large apples, medium or small? Thank you!!

Judy Myers
9 years ago

Just had to let you know I made your cake today. I baked mine in two 8X8 inch pans and put one in the freezer for another time. My husband has already had 3 pieces and I’ve had 2. The cake will be coming out of the freezer tomorrow. Delicious!!! I rate this cake 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
9 years ago

We had apple trees growing up….and they were a huge pain! (Probably because we didn’t fertilize them like we should have…..) But it would be amazing to have apples growing in your own backyard, and I would definitely be making lots of this apple-loaded cake! Yum!

Annie @Maebells
9 years ago

5 stars
Awesome recipe! I bet this smells just like fall when it is baking!

dina
9 years ago

lovely cake for fall!

Thalia @ butter and brioche
9 years ago

I love apple tea cakes! Craving a slice right now, your apple and walnut cake looks seriously delicious.

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
9 years ago

I love baking with apples this time of year – thanks for sharing this recipe – our tree is loaded with apples and now I have a new recipe to try!!

Liz
9 years ago

I love this recipe. Thanks so much.

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

I wish I had apple trees – I don’t think they would fare very well here in the desert though! The cake sounds wonderful and I like that you kept it simple!

Lisa @ Cooking with Curls
9 years ago

That cake looks amazing!! I wish I had some right now for breakfast, it would be perfect. 😉

Melanie @ Carmel Moments
9 years ago

I’ve been craving apple cake. This looks phenomenal!
Have a beautiful Wednesday!

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