Apple-Walnut Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Apple-Walnut Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Karen asked her niece, Jamie, for some of her favorite Spring recipes and we’re excited to share them with you. After growing up in Los Angeles and working as a chef in New York and Northern California, Jamie returned to her Southern California roots. In 2017, she married her husband, Jayson, and together, they started their own food company. Today, they live in Santa Barbara with their two young children. For more information on them, visit Poe and Co


Makes one 9"x13" cake. 

What You Need 

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups peeled apple, chopped into dime-size pieces
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    To make the cake:

    1. Mix all of the ingredients except the apples and walnuts in a
      large bowl. Don’t overmix. Add the apples and walnuts, and
      mix until the apples release some of their juice. The batter
      should be thick.
    2. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth with a
      rubber spatula.
    3. Bake the cake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick / pairing
      knife inserted into the center has just a few wet crumbs
      clinging to it. The temperature at the center of the cake will
      be about 205°F.
    4. Prepare the frosting while the cake bakes.

    To make the frosting:

    1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and salt and whisk on the stove top until the sugar and butter become cohesive and smooth. Add the milk, and bring to a boil.
    2. Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl, add the vanilla
      extract, and carefully add the mixture from the saucepan.
      Whisk until everything is thoroughly combined.
    3. Pour the warm frosting onto the cake, spreading it over the
      entire surface.
    4. Cut the cake into rectangles to serve. Store the cake, covered
      either at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or in the


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