Monday, August 20, 2018

Experimental Apple Walnut Cake

I came up for air on Saturday after finishing The Diva Sweetens the Pie. Last weekend, there were three pies in my refrigerator! But they're gone, and I found myself searching cupboards for something sweet. The sunflower seed and cheese crackers did not do the job.

We're somewhat low on fruit at the moment, but we had apples and walnuts. Thus it was decided that I would bake an apple walnut cake. But when I got going, I wondered if I could do the whole thing in the food processor. This is the result of my experimentation.

We did chop the apples by hand, but everything else was done in the food processor. If you try this, use the pulse button most of the time and be sure to scrape the sides occasionally.

Note that the apples will be on the bottom. If you would prefer, you could mix the apples with the dough to spread them out in the cake.

This isn't the fancy cake you would serve company, but it's a nice cake for munching, which was just what I wanted.

Walnut Apple Cake
made with a food processor

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

4 cups apple chunks or slices
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar (more if your apples are not sweet)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts
3 eggs

Combine the milk with the vinegar and set aside. Melt the butter and set aside to cool. Peel and core the apples, cut into slices and then into chunks.  Pour the apples into the pan and spread.

Place the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and walnuts in the food processor. Pulse until the walnuts have disappeared. Add the eggs and pulse several times to combine. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the butter and the milk. The dough will be thick. Pour over the apples and spread across the pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


  1. Getting to be the apple-cake season, isn't it? And even I appreciate an easy apple cake recipe!

    1. It's coming, though I suspect those apples were probably not from the fresh crop . . .

  2. Heads up! Autumn is coming.
    You would never know it if you stepped outside my house!

    1. It has been so humid here this summer that it wasn't fun to be outside! I'm looking forward to fall.

  3. This sounds good & I know my family will enjoy it.