Apple Walnut Cake with Apple Cider Glaze is a warming, wonderful and richly flavored cake perfectly suited to holiday entertaining or a family weekend treat. Exceptional.
Apple Walnut Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Apple Walnut Cake with Apple Cider Glaze
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Serve with coffee or tea to adults and hot cocoa or cold milk to the kiddies.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10 to 12
  • 1 1/2 Cups vegetable oil
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup whole-wheat flour, sifted
  • 4 Cups shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 Cups coarse chunks of peeled and cored apples
  • 3 Tablespoons applejack
  • Apple Cider Glaze (recipe below)
Apple Cider Glaze:
  • 4 Tablespoons sweet butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons applejack or apple brandy
  • 4 Tablespoons sweet cider
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat vegetable oil and sugar until thick and opaque. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, cloves, cinnamon, mace, baking soda and salt, then stir in whole-wheat flour. Add to oil and egg mixture and mix until well blended. Add walnuts, apple chunks and applejack all at once and stir batter until pieces are evenly distributed.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 10-inch round cake pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
Apple Cider Glaze:
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  2. Pour while still warm over warm cake. When cooled, the sugar will crystallize forming a lovely, crunchy and sweet icing.
  3. Makes 1 1/2 cups glaze.


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