Apple Walnut Cake With Butterscotch Sauce

Apple Cake With Walnuts and Butterscotch Sauce
Apple Cake With Walnuts and Butterscotch Sauce.

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 67 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 42 mins
  • Yield: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
462 Calories
25g Fat
57g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 462
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 462mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 5g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This apple walnut cake recipe is a great way to enjoy fresh apples.

Serve this moist apple walnut cake with the included butterscotch sauce or a purchased caramel or butterscotch sauce.

Or serve the apple walnut cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or drizzling of heavy cream. We used half brown sugar in the cake pictured (see Recipe Variation at the bottom).


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (11 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups sugar*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups apples (finely chopped or shredded)
  • 1 cup walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • Butterscotch Sauce (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup heavy cream (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)

Steps to Make It

Make the Cake:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C/Gas 4.

  3. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan.

  4. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

  5. Stir to blend the ingredients thoroughly; set aside.

  6. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the 1 cup of butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

  7. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  8. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.

  9. Stir the flour mixture into the batter until well blended.

  10. Stir in the chopped apples and walnuts. The batter will be thick.

  11. Spread the cake batter into the prepared baking pan.

  12. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is browned and a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

  13. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

  14. Serve with butterscotch sauce (below) or a purchased dessert sauce. The cake is also delicious with whipped cream or whipped topping, or serve it warm with ice cream.

  15. Enjoy!

Butterscotch Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a wide-bottom saucepan or saute pan over low heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

  3. Cook stirring, until smooth and hot.

  4. Increase the heat to medium-low. When the sauce begins to simmer with bubbles all over, set a timer for 3 minutes and continue cooking without stirring. 

  5. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/3 cup of heavy cream, taking care not to scrape the sides or bottom of the pan.

  6. Pour it into another container or a canning jar and stir in the vanilla. 

  7. Let stand until cooled. The sauce will thicken as it cools. 

  8. The recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups of butterscotch sauce.

  9. Refrigerate unused sauce in a covered container for up to 2 weeks. 

  10. Warm the sauce in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave on 50% power.

Recipe Variations

*We used 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of granulated sugar in the cake.

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