Apple Walnut Cake and Vanilla Glaze

apple walnut cake
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  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 16 Servings

This apple walnut cake is baked in a Bundt cake or tube cake pan. The cake is finished with a simple vanilla glaze.

Apples and walnuts are a classic combination, but chopped pecans can be used in the cake as well. Or leave the nuts out altogether.


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (stir before measuring)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups apple (finely chopped and peeled)
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt cake pan or tube cake pan.

  3. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, blend the all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, soda, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and the 3 large eggs. Fold in the chopped apples and nuts.

  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

  6. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes; turn out onto serving plate to cool completely.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. Combine the confectioners' sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk, or enough to make a smooth glaze.

  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake.

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