This cake! What can I say about it? First of all, it’s delicious and secondly, it’s delicious! All kidding aside, this cake really is so yummy. It’s packed full of fresh apple and chopped walnuts and the boiled cider glaze just adds something so special that it will have you coming back for another slice!
This is one of those desserts that is great to have waiting for the kids when they get home from school or even as the perfect ending to a family dinner on a Sunday evening.
It’s so perfect in fact, that I had this exact cake sitting on our kitchen counter waiting for my children to come home from school one day last year. Unfortunately, when the kids came home from school all they found was an empty plate with a few crumbs left on it. Baffled, they called me while I was at work and asked me if there was supposed to be a snack for them. I explained I had made them a fresh apple cake and it was on the kitchen counter. There was no cake! But, there were two guilty looking doggies!!! Come to figure out that our precious dog Maggie and our grand-pup Wilson couldn’t resist the lure of a freshly baked apple walnut cake just sitting there on the kitchen counter!!! They ate the whole cake! Maggie and Wilson!!! That’s just one of the many shenanigans those two have gotten into together over the years.
So, continuing on about the cake. I like to use a nice tart apple when making this recipe, which is why I use Granny Smith apples. They hold up to baking really well and they taste great with the spices in the cake. The one thing that can not be substituted or omitted in this recipe is the boiled cider. Boiled cider is basically apple cider boiled down to make a concentrated syrup. The intense apple flavor really helps to enhance and amplify the apple taste in anything you use it in. You can make boiled cider at home but I found some online. I use it in all of my apple desserts, it’s my secret weapon! It’s also great for making a glaze for pork chops!
Next time you are craving the cozy flavors of the fall season, give this Apple Walnut Cake with Boiled Cider Glaze a try. It has all the tastes you are searching for wrapped up in one scrumptious dessert!
Apple Walnut Cake with Boiled Cider Glaze Recipe
For the Cake
1 C sugar
1 C light brown sugar
1 1/2 C vegetable oil
1/4 C orange juice
1/4 C boiled cider
3 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C chopped walnuts
2 1/2 C finely diced apple (about 4)
For the Glaze
2 1/2 Tbs boiled cider
2 1/2 Tbs heavy cream
2 C powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a 10 cup bundt pan.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, and oil and whisk until blended. Add the orange juice, vanilla, and boiled cider and mix until smooth.
In another bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well.
Mix in the diced apples and the chopped walnuts and mix until well blended. Pour mixture into the prepared bundt pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out cake onto cooling rack to continue cooling.
For the Glaze
Mix all ingredients together and mix until smooth and the consistency you desire. You my need to add a touch more cream to mixture. You want a nice thick glaze but not too thick.
Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.