APPLE WALNUT CAKE WITH MAPLE FROSTING

This Apple Walnut Cake is made in a 9X9 and is great for a small gathering. Then you top it with a delicious Maple Frosting and you have a wonderful dessert.

Apple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting

If you love apple cake, you must try out Apple Spice Sheet Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting. It’s great for a larger group!

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS EASY DESSERT

One thing we love about this dessert is that it’s made in a 9X9 which is perfect for a small gathering or to enjoy for a few days. Plus you don’t even need your mixer for this cake which is always an added plus. The maple topping is a great addition and really just takes this cake up a level. If you love maple you would also love this Maple Banana Bread.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

These are a few of the key ingredients you will need for this recipe, scroll down to the printable recipe box for the complete recipe.

  • All Purpose Flour
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda
  • Salt, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger and vanilla extract
  • Butter and Sour Cream
  • Eggs
  • Diced Apples (we used red delicious)
  • Walnuts or Pecans
  • Topping Ingredients: brown sugar, maple extract, milk, butter and powdered sugar

SWAPS

You can easily swap out the nuts or leave them out altogether. Any apples will work in this cake recipe and the sour cream really makes this cake moist. We haven’t tried it but I think you could use greek yogurt in it’s place.

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

This recipe is super easy to make, get your ingredients organized, and go ahead and chop up your apples. It’s so nice to just mix it all together with a spoon!

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and melted butter in a mixing bowl. 

Step 2
Stir in sour cream, vanilla extract, diced apples and eggs.  Add nuts. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until center tests done.  Makes about 12 servings.  

Step 3 – Topping
Combine brown sugar, milk and butter in a pan on top of the stove.  Bring to a boil, stirring often, and boil for 1 minute. Remove and stir in maple extract.  Drizzle or spread over cake. Can add more milk if needed to keep frosting the spreading consistency you want.

Apple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting

We added the chopped nuts to the top of the cake, which we love the texture that gives but you can easily just fold the nuts into the batter!

⭐TIP

This frosting is one of our favorites, and you will love it too. As you can see from the directions, we only boil it for one minute. If you need to thin it some to get a better consistency to pour it over the cake, just add a little more milk.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

You could switch up the spices in this cake, by adding nutmeg or allspice if you wanted. You could also add a cream cheese frosting or just a basic powdered sugar glaze.

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this with gluten-free flour?

We have never made it that way but I think it would work with a gluten free flour that is a 1:1 ratio.

We don’t like sour cream, can you taste it in the cake?

No, you absolutely can’t taste the sour cream in the cake.

Apple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting

STORING CAKE

We just store this cake in an air-tight container and it will keep well for a few days. If it’s really moist and it’s hot out you may want to put it in the fridge as fruit can mold quickly.

Toasted Pecan Pie

This is a great twist on a classic! If you love pecans and coconut this is a winner!

Atlantic Beach Pie

This is a very unique pie that is delicious! Lemon and Lime and so good!

SERVING SIZE

This cake will make 12 pieces, so depending on how many pieces you want is how many servings you will get. I would say 6 servings.

Apple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting

The Southern Lady Cooks

This apple walnut cake is made in a 9X9 so it’s perfect for a small gathering.

Course Cake, Dessert

Cuisine American, southern

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (could use maple extract)
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples (I used red delicious)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts pecans or walnuts I used walnuts.
  • Maple Frosting Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract can use vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Stir in sour cream, vanilla extract, diced apples and eggs. Add nuts. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until center tests done. Makes about 12 servings.

  • Maple Frosting Instructions:

  • Combine brown sugar, milk and butter in a pan on top of stove. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and boil for 1 minute. Remove and stir in maple extract. Drizzle or spread over cake. Can add more milk if needed to keep frosting the spreading consistency you want.

I added the chopped nuts on top of the cake. You can add to batter or top.

Keyword Apple Walnut Cake

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