This Southern Apple Cake with Walnut Glaze is packed with apple flavor then topped with a sweet glaze and chopped walnuts.
It’s guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser and it’s quite simple to make – the flavor and texture get even better if prepared the day before.
It’s one of those recipes you find scribbled on a torn piece of paper tucked into an old church or school cookbook. Edges worn and paper stained from many kitchen adventures.
This is exactly where this recipe came from. My mother-in-law exclaimed that this is the best apple cake she’s tasted after returning from a church meeting. Y’all have to try this!
How to Make this Apple Cake
I decided to make this apple cake in mini bundt pans. The main reason is that mini bundts are just so cute! Plus you get maximum nut + glaze ratio to cake bites which is obviously very important, obviously.
Step 1: Mix cake batter.
In a large bowl sift dry ingredients. Add eggs, oil and apples. Mix well and spread in a greased bundt pan. A mini bundt pan will take about 25 minutes less baking time. (Cute and less baking time? I’m in.)
Step 2: Bake Cake.
The cake will rest for 5-10 minutes after baking. In that time, prepare the glaze.
Step 3: Mix Glaze.
Mix sugar, margarine and milk in saucepan and boil 2 minutes. Add nuts and vanilla.
Step 4: Pour Glaze over cake + Enjoy!
The glaze will soak into the warm cake. Keep spooning it over the top until you have enough to sprinkle the tops with walnuts or pecans.
The mini bundt size of this Southern Apple Cake makes a perfect gift. And it also fits well in a little picnic basket for your weekend adventures.
A moist cake filled with apples, glazed with frosting and walnuts.
- 3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 cups fresh granny smith apples peeled, cored and diced (approx. 2 -3 large apples)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 stick butter 1/2 cup
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans
- 1 tsp vanilla
Sift together flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add eggs, oil and apples. Mix well; it will be thick. Spread evenly in tube pan (ex. bundt or angel food cake pan) spritzed with cooking spray. Bake at 325 for 1 hr and 15 minutes.
Mix sugar, margarine and milk in saucepan and boil 2 minutes. Add nuts and vanilla. Pour over cake.
Let the cake set in the pan about 5-10 minutes. The minute I take it out of the pan, I pour the glaze over the hot cake and continue spooning it over the cake.
Mini bundt – If you decide to make a mini-bundt, like I did, the baking time can be reduced to about 25 min. Just keep an eye on them!
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Hi Bub! You did it! You have a blog. It looks wonderful!
This looks so delicious! I love anything with walnuts!
This delicious Southern inspired cake looks so yummy!! And the walnut glaze just brings it to perfection!
Ohh this is decadent! I love apple cake and southern style is the best! YUM!
Celeste | The Whole Serving
Looks delicious, love that it’s an apple cake.
Allison - Celebrating Sweets
I love everything about this! Great idea to reduce the sugar, I find that apple cakes tend to have SO much sugar. It really isn’t necessary. I can’t wait to try this!