This is for the cinnamon apple fans out there… especially for my dear sister. Here was our conversation:
Sister: “Marie, make apple stuff.”
Me: Like what?
Sister: I don’t know.
Me: … I made an apple dessert awhile back.
Sister: That was awhile ago.
Me: … I’ll make something for you.
Riveting conversation... not.
Anyway, this cake turned out so tasty… and hey, I like apples too. it is loaded with delicious apples! I used Ambrosia apples, but any dessert apple such as Gala, Red Delicious, or Granny Smith would be wonderful as well. Baking the apples brings out its sweet and tart flavours even more. In addition, the cake uses a good amount of ground cinnamon. It warms you up when you eat it. Finally, the walnuts add a nice crunchy texture with a rich nutty flavour that compliments the apple and cinnamon amazingly.
I ate it. My husband ate some too and my dog had some crumbs. It didn’t make it to my sister’s house… I’m a bad sister. Oh well, I’ll make another one for her soon.
Now onto the recipe.
Prepare your ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Grease a springform pan with butter.
In an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, then mix in the vanilla, eggs, and yogurt, and finally the flour mixture until well incorporated. Fold in half the apples and walnuts.
Scoop the batter into a buttered springform pan. Flatten top of batter and layer apple slices on top. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Make the sugar glaze.
Top with walnuts and sugar glaze.
After it is slightly cooled, release the cake from the springform pan.
Serve warm or cool. Enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Walnut Cake
Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes Servings: 8
For the cake:
- 1½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅓ plain Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 apples, thinly sliced
- 1 cup walnuts, de-shelled and chopped, plus more for topping
For the glaze:
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter (or cooking spray). Sift the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, cream the sugar and butter until smooth. Then add in the yogurt, vanilla, and eggs and mix until smooth. Gradually add in the flour mixture until the batter is well incorporated. The batter will be thick.
- Using a spatula, fold in half of the apple slices and crushed walnuts*. Then, scoop the batter into the springform pan and flatten the top of the batter. Layer the apple slices on top in a circular pattern.
- Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, until a wooden skewer or toothpick comes out clean.
- In the meantime, make the glaze. In a small saucepan, stir the sugar and water together until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let it cool.
- Once the cake is out of the oven, top with walnuts and drizzle with the sugar glaze. Let it cool for 15 minutes before releasing from the springform pan. Serve warm or cool.
- * You can also scoop in half the batter then layer on the apple slices and walnuts then finish with the batter if you prefer. I like mixing it all together so that every bite is a little different.
- The use of plain Greek yogurt helps the cake maintain its soft texture as well as cut down on the fat content. However, if you do not have Greek yogurt on hand, you can substitute with six more tablespoons of butter (for a total of 12 tablespoons).