Apple-Walnut Cake with Orange Glaze

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
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
Apple-Walnut Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray; dust with flour, tapping out extra.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mix confectioners' sugar, orange zest and enough juice to reach a drizzling consistency. Spoon over warm cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 316 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.