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Apple-Walnut Cake with Orange Glaze

I tinkered with a plain apple cake recipe to create this moist, delicious winner. The result: old-fashioned goodness with a heavenly aroma! This cake is the perfect fall treat or holiday dessert, but it’s also great as a special breakfast or brunch item. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray; dust with flour, tapping out extra.
  • Beat first six ingredients until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Fold in apples and walnuts. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-75 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool slightly.
  • Mix confectioners' sugar, orange zest and enough juice to reach a drizzling consistency. Spoon over warm cake.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 316 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Doreen
    Dec 17, 2019

    The cake was easy to make but it needs a little more moisture, after baking. Made it two days before a get together and it takes good but needs more moisture to it. Came out a little dry. Might need more Apple sauce possibly.