Basic Apple Walnut Cake

Homemade apple tart on wooden table viewed from above
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  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
206 Calories
10g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 206
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 71mg 5%
*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 cake is an easy one-layer cake made with brown sugar, walnuts, and optional raisins. You could also add dried cranberries the batter in place of the raisins. If you prefer pecans, replace the walnuts with some chopped pecans. Or make it with chopped hazelnuts.

The cake is wonderful with a vanilla frosting or cream cheese frosting, whether homemade or purchased. Or top it with this fluffy caramel frosting.


  • 1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups finely chopped apple
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Optional: 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Grease and flour a 9x13x2 inch baking pan.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and melted margarine. Beat in eggs and vanilla with a whisk or wooden spoon.

  5. Into another bowl sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir into the egg mixture, alternating with the milk.

  6. Fold the apples into the batter along with the chopped walnuts and raisins, if using.

  7. Spoon the batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until cake springs back when gently pressed with ​a finger.

  8. Let cool in pan on rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting or a caramel frosting.

  9. Enjoy!

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