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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Apple Walnut Cake

I first saw this recipe in the October/November 1993 Taste of Home Issue.  I make it for just about every winter office pot luck.  Always a huge hit.  I changed how the cake was baked..tried baking it in a Cast Iron Skillet.  I used a #8--- 11" skillet.  Be sure that you use a very well seasoned pan using Bakers Secret or Crisco and dust flour so the cake does not stick.

16-20 Servings Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

1-2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups chopped unpeeled apples
1 cup chopped walnuts

2 packages (3 ounce each) cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs. Add oil and vanilla; mix well.
Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually
add to sugar mixture, mixing well. Stir in apples and walnuts. Pour
into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at
350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.
For frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl.
Gradually add confectioners' sugar until the frosting has reached
desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled cake. Yield: 16-20
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 283 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 281 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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