Apples have been one my favorite fruits since I was a little girl. My grandfather loved them so much that everyone joked I had inherited my love of apples from him. Thankfully my kids seem to love them as much as I do. My little girl calles them ‘Babbles’ lol. About 2 weeks ago we had a playdate with a friend of mine and her 2 children. They shared with us apples from New York that the kids’ grandfather had brought over for Rosh Hashanah. Those were some of the best apples I have had in a loooong time. The next day I decided to make this Apple, Walnuts and Honey Cake!!Jump to Recipe
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Old Apple Cake Recipe With a Twist
We used to prepare this cake recipe at home anytime we had lots of apples and we thought they’d go bad before we got to eat them. It is funny how fruits back home had a very short shelf life. If you didn’t consume them within few days, they’d just go bad overnight. While that is inconvenient, because you have to shop a little more often to keep fruits & vegetables in stock, those are also the best tasting fresh produce to buy.
So when we prepared this cake at home, we mixed the batter, added in cut apples, cinnamon, sugar (honey was hard to come by sometimes) and walnuts. Baked it and voila!!! If tidbits of history don’t bother you, let me tell you that we did whisking of cake batter with a fork in bowl. We didn’t have fancy electrical mixers or any of those cool tool that make our life so easy in the kitchen.
The cake tasted delicious but it looked a little plain on the outside. So I decided to add additional sliced apples on top to highlight the apples in this recipe:).
Apples, Walnuts, Honey Cake Recipe Notes
I would like to share some additional tips here in addition to the recipe instructions below.
- Baking dish is 9X13. Adjust baking time accordingly if you use a different size baking dish.
- You can use sugar or any sweetener of your choice instead of honey.
- Several Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries add syrup on top similar cakes, after cake has cooled down. I somehow have lost my taste for very sweet desserts. This is sweet enough for me and my family seemed happy with it. However, feel free to increase amount of honey, sugar or add syrup on top as desired.
- If you think slicing the apples and coating them for the topping will take you a long time to prepare, then you can do that step ahead of time.
- Don’t pick sour apples for this cake, they have to be sweet.
- If you are allergic to nuts or walnuts specifically, please don’t include them in the cake.
- I have replaced walnuts with pecans when I didn’t have walnuts handy and the cake still tastes amazing.
- Bake in the middle of the oven rack so the apples don’t burn on top or the bottom of the cake doesn’t get a bitter flavor.
- It takes me 55 minutes from beginning to end to make this cake. I’m not including any time for cooling in the cooling rack in those 55 minutes. The way I allocate my time is as follows. First 10 minutes, chop apples and prepare batter as well as pre-heat oven. Then I place the batter to bake for 8-10 minutes. During that time, I prepare the apples for topping. Get the dish out of the oven, place apples on top and sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon (about 5 minutes), then place back in the oven for about 30 minutes.
- ***EDIT – Once the post was published I got a question from a reader on what is Half & half and what they can use to replace it. Half&half is a mix of milk and cream, usually about 12% fat (I’ll have to look up the exact %). So if you don’t have half&half please replace Half and Half as follows: for 1 cup of half and half you would need 1 cup of whole milk and 1 tbsp of butter. The recipe below calls for 1.5 cups of half and half, so please use 1.5 cups of whole milks and 1.5 tbsps of butter to replace just the half and half part. Thank you:)
Apples, Walnuts, Honey Cake
- 5 oz walnuts (chopped)
- 3 eggs
- 0.5 butter stick
- pinch baking powder
- 3 cups flour self rising I've used all purpose sometimes when I don't have self rising.
- 1.5 cups half & half
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 0.5 cup confectioner sugar
- 6 ozs honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 apples, sliced
- 0.5 cup confectioner sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Peel, core and chop 2 apples. Put them in a bowl, add confectioner sugar and cinnamon, mix and put them aside.
- Mix flour with a pinch of baking powder, put it aside as well.
- Soften the butter and coat the baking dish with it. Put the rest aside for the batter.
- Turn oven on at 375, pre-heat.
- In a big mixing bowl, start whisking the eggs for about 2 minutes. Start adding the flour mix in slowly while you are still whisking. (You can use an electrical hand mixer or your favorite kitchen appliance to make batter).
- Pour slowly the half & half, vanilla extract into the batter. I usually keep the hand held mixer with one hand and pour with my other hand so the mixing is consistent. Lastly I add the butter, honey and mix a bit more.
- At this point I don't use the electrical mixer anymore. Add the coated apples with confectioner sugar and cinnamon. Add the walnuts and fold everything into the batter.
- Pour onto the baking dish. Place in oven for about 8-10 minutes.
- During the 8 minutes cake is in the oven, let's prepare the topping of the cake. Cut, peel and slice the apples.
- Mix the confectioner sugar and cinnamon you put aside for topping.
- Get baking dish out of the oven, close the oven so it doesn't lose heat. Decorate with sliced apples as you desire. Sprinkle the confectioner sugar/cinnamon mix on top evenly. Place back in the oven for another 30 minutes.
- When baked, remove baking dish from oven and place in a cooling rack. Serve as desired with ice cream or other fruits and walnuts.
- I used a 9X13 baking dish. Please note that your baking time might vary slightly if the dimensions of the baking dish are different because cake will be thicker or thinner so it might need a different baking time. Adjust accordingly.
- Cake is not too fluffy, it’s supposed to be that way because of the amount of apples inside the cake. It’s a rather heavy cake (weight wise). It’s best served warmed.
See below some process pictures I took while preparing batter and getting the cake ready to bake. It’s hard to take great pictures in the process, but thought these might help. Let me know if you have any questions:). I can’t wait till I have a video setup so I can add videos to my recipes and show the instructions in an easier way.
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