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Apple Walnut Cake

Apple Walnut Cake is a wonderful fall treat. Rich and fruity, it’s topped with caramel sauce after baking. Delightful! And perfect for crisp autumn days.

Apple Walnut Cake Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. All opinions and text are mine.

Every chance she gets, my daughter Paige, 7, asks to go to the skating rink. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or what day of the week, or if they are even open … she just wants to go. All the time. And a simple ‘no,’ isn’t enough to convince her to stop asking.

Trust me.

But there’s beauty in her tenacity. A year ago, the skating rink wasn’t even on our radar yet. We ended up going because Paige was invited to a birthday party there last year. Both kids ending up roller skating, and they wanted to love it. But their legs, feet and minds couldn’t seem to get in sync.

Still, they wanted to love it so much that they asked to go again. And again. And eventually, they figured it out, finding a way to enjoy it. Both Will, who’s 10, and Paige prefer rollerblading, and love zipping around the rink.

I love that this is something they weren’t good at in the beginning, but chose to keep doing anyway. It’s something they wanted to learn, and wanted to enjoy. That makes it so special.

For me, cooking was like that. There was a time when I wasn’t good at it. In college, everything I made seemed to taste the same. And post-college, I quickly learned that wanting to cook well was about more than just finding a recipe. You have to build skills, and learn flavors. But I kept trying, experimenting and practicing. Eventually, my skills improved and I began sharing the recipes I created on Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

That was a decade ago, and I still love getting in the kitchen. Most days.

Apple Walnut Cake

It was also a decade ago that I began making apple cakes to use some of the dozens of apples we’d pick each fall. Back then, the cakes were stuffed with sliced apples and a bit more dense than the ones I make now. But that’s part of continuing to work at my craft of cooking. I’ve discovered that I prefer the results of this cake recipe when I use shredded apples, and an additional egg.

My KitchenAid Food Processor is a huge time-saving help with shredding apples. And while you can certainly shred them by hand, the food processor makes quick work of shredding them into uniform pieces that can be mixed into the batter and used.

Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel

And really, those shredded apples are the secret ingredient here in this Apple Walnut Cake. The small pieces almost melt into the cake, entwining with the cinnamon and nutmeg, and creating a tender cake that’s delicious served with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Apple season is swiftly approaching here in Maine, and is already underway elsewhere. Low in calories, and filled with good amounts of dietary fiber and vitamin C, apples are good for you. And in this cake, they are good for your tastebuds.

How do you like to enjoy your apples?

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Apple Walnut Cake

Apple Walnut Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1  tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1  tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8" round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter and sugar and beat well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix on medium until combined. With the stand mixer running on its lowest speed, spoon the flour mixture into the stand mixer bowl a little at a time until full combined. Add the shredded apples and mix briefly again.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan, and level out with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle all over with walnuts. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out cleanly.
  5. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a serving plate. Enjoy hot, with ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Or let cool, cover and store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. The opinions and text are all mine.

From the first-ever black stainless steel to the first-ever five-door refrigerator, KitchenAid pushes the limits with our appliances, so our home cooks can do the same with their cooking. See the revolutionary new line of KitchenAid appliances or visit the Kitchenthusiast™ blog for recipes, tips and more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Bethany

Tuesday 4th of October 2011

Okay I'm gonna try this one. Been looking for things to do with apples this afternoon, we have a bumper crop to be harvested in just a few weeks. I haven't even thought about apple cake... used to have it a lot when I was a kid growing up in Germany... I think I'll have to try this recipe this weekend!

Michael

Saturday 6th of October 2007

You brought back memories of when I lived in an apple orchard. I mean the edge of the trees came within 15 or 20 feet of the house. And walking into the apple storage shed was like heaven. The aroma was almost overwhelmingly wonderful. Keep up the good work.

Patti

Friday 5th of October 2007

I'm with Cate. When do you sleep??

This apple cake looks delish. I wish I had your energy.

Cate

Thursday 4th of October 2007

Woman, when do you SLEEP?