Cran-Apple Walnut Cake Recipe
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Cran-Apple Walnut Cake Recipe

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I rely on applesauce to keep this crowd-pleasing cake tender and moist. The blend of nuts, cranberries and apples complements the subtle hint of wheat flour for terrific taste.—Martha Pollock, Oregonia, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking sdoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 248 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a bowl, beat the egg, egg whites, brown sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients; stir into applesauce mixture just until blended. Fold in the apples, cranberries and walnuts. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Cran-Apple Walnut Cake in Light & Tasty August/September 2003, p9

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Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"This is excellent! Very moist and easy to make."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"This is a wonderfully moist and tasty snack cake. The cranberries really bring it to life. A++"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2008

"Great recipe. I had frozen cranberries, so I just tossed them in the food processor and coarsely chopped instead of cutting them in half. A real time save and it tasted great. Sprinkling with powdered sugar just before serving is a must. If it sits too long the powdered sugar dissolves so it can't be seen."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008

"Re: Cran-Apple Walnut Cake

Great recipe. I was short on brown sugar, so I substituted with the Splenda Brown sugar and it was great. Question: I see that beverlymrickert used dried cranberries. Did she soak them in water first or were they added right from the package?

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"My husband and I don't like overly sweet desserts, so this cake seemed perfect, I got rave reviews from my husband, sister, and neighbors, everyone love it. A very moist, tasty cake. I used from from the bog cranberries that were truly a delight. My 4 year old nephew helped make the cake as he loves to help bake, and he even liked the tart berries. So it is at least 4 stars in my book."

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