Chunky Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Show ‘em some fresh-from-the-oven love with this cinnamon-spiced cake filled with walnuts and hearty chunks of apple. The icing on top? Creamy vanilla browned butter frosting.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Cake

1
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
cups granulated sugar
3
eggs
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
3
cups coarsely chopped peeled baking apples (3 medium)
1
cup chopped walnuts

Frosting

1/2
cup butter (do not use margarine)
3 1/4
cups powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
to 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and the granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in apples and walnuts. Spoon into pan.
  • 3 Bake 50 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • 4 In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Gradually beat in powdered sugar with spoon. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and enough milk until frosting is smooth and desired spreading consistency. Generously spread frosting over top and partially down side of cake. To serve, cut cake with serrated knife.

Expert Tips

The best baking apples are slightly tart. Top choices are Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Northern Spy and Rome Beauty.

Browned butter frosting has a sweet, nutty flavor that pairs well with this apple cake.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
(
Calories from Fat
280),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
31%
(Saturated Fat
16g,
16%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
115mg
115%;
Sodium
490mg
490%;
Total Carbohydrate
91g
91%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
68g
68%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
6
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.