Walnut Apple Cake with Butter Sauce Recipe

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Loaded with tart apples and crunchy walnuts, this cake is fun to take to potlucks or family gatherings. The sweet buttery sauce tops off pieces just right.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 3)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 406 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in apples and walnuts. Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. In a saucepan, combine sugar, butter and cream; mix well. Cook over low heat until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Serve warm with the cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Walnut Apple Cake in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p43

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marygjoe User ID: 8419941 233604
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"I have made this for many years.great cake for fall and Thanksgiving."

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