Monday, November 7, 2011

Apple Walnut Cake Made with Fresh Apples

Apple Cake Made with Fresh Apples

When I made My Apple Walnut Cake earlier in October, I was a guest blogger for Brandie@The Country Cook. I got several requests for the recipe to make the Apple Walnut Cake using fresh apples.  It seems a lot people went apple picking, and wanted a yummy reicpe to use up their apples. Well, they asked, and I delivered.  I thought that the Apple Walnut Cake was so good before, but now made with the fresh apples, it was even better, no preservatives, and I added  a lot more apples than were in a can of apple pie filling.

There is one caveat, however, and that it does take more time if you use fresh apples to make this delicious cake.  First you have to wash, peel,core, and slice the apples into thin slices.  I have an apple slicer that cores ans slices the peeled apples in one motion.  However, I sliced the apple slices in half again, so they were thin.  Then you have to cook down the apples in a sugar, water, and cinnamon mixture until the apples are slightly soft.   You may have to thicken the syrup with cornstarch if it seems too runny. Then refrigerate the apple pie filling till cool to the touch. You don't want your eggs to curdle. After the filling is cool to the touch, you can put the apple pie filling in the bottom of the 9x13 pan .sprayed with cooking spray, and proceed with the rest of recipe. My husband thought the Fresh  Apple Walnut Cake, was even better than the cake made with the canned apple pie filling.  It was just  as moist and gooey as the canned apple pie filling cake, but much more flavorful, definitely worth the extra time. Now, if you don't have the time, go ahead and use the canned apple filling.  I made the cake that way for many, many years, and was never disappointed.  Enjoy!

                                            Apple Walnut Cake (with canned apple pie filling)

Apple Pie Filling
5-6  medium Apples, washed, peeled, cored and sliced.  I used Jonagold
1 c. water
1 c sugar or Splenda
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a large saucepan combine, apples, water, sugar, cornstarch, and  cinnamon .Bring to boil, and simmer over medium heat, until filling is thick and bubbly. Add  an additional 2 Tbsp .more cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water, if filling is too runny. Remove from heat and refrigerate until filling is cool to the touch.  You may make the filling the night before and refrigerate, until ready for use.

Ingredients for Cake
Fresh Apple Pie Filling or 1 can apple pie filling, small size
2 cups All-Purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup canola oil
3/4 c chopped walnuts, divided

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
¾ c chopped walnuts, divided
1 tsp. baking soda.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
Spread apple pie filling in bottom of a 9x13 pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Combine flour, sugar, and baking soda in a separate bowl.  Sprinkle over apple pie filling.

Mix eggs,oil,and 1/2 c walnuts in small bowl.  Pour over flour mixture in pan and mix well.

Bake in 350 degees F oven for 35-40 min, until golden brown.  Remove from oven, and immediately poke holes over the whole cake.  Pour hot topping over the cake, and top with remainder of 1/4 c walnuts. 
Combine sugar, sour cream, and baking soda in medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, just until it starts to boil.  Don't let the mixture caramelize.  Immediately pour over hot cake, which has had holes poked in it with a fork. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Serve warm or room temperature.  I like mine warm.


  1. Hi Becky! This cake looks AMAZING! I love it~ - I am home alone for supper tonight, I sure wish I had a piece! Sounds like you love it too, and I would like mine warm as well!

  2. Megan-This cake is so good, and easy to make. It tastes even better warm!

  3. At first the directions read like you layer the ingredients, mixing some of the ingredients first and then pouring the combinations over the pie filling, etc., but then it says to mix everything well in the pan. Does that mean including the pie filling too? So, there would not be a bottom layer of just pie filling? Everything is mixed together?

  4. Becky this cake looks fantastic! The topping sounds perfect! I bet it would be great on pumpkin cake too! Must try:)

  5. Meaghan-Thank you for your sweet words, I will have to try the topping on other cakes, too.

  6. What a lovely cake. It is perfect for this time of year. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Becky! This is the perfect tribute to fall! YUM!

  8. Tiffany- Thank you for your sweet words.

  9. This looks amazing! I would love to have some for dessert. Better get busy :)

  10. That has changed since we tried one of the many apple-slice-saving ideas out there - soaking them in ginger ale for 10 minutes (I also hear any lemon-lime soda will also work).


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