Black Walnut Apple Cake

Black Walnut Apple Cake
  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Prep Time: 25 Mins.
  • Cook Time: 25 Mins.
  • Everyone loves a good apple cake, but when you experience the nutty crunch that Fisher® Black Walnuts add to the mix, you’ll crave that texture and taste time and again.
  • For a Fresh Twist: Replace smooth applesauce with chunky.


  • Cake:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 package 2 oz. Fisher® Black Walnuts, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
  • Frosting:

  • 1 package 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon milk


  1. Cake: Heat oven to 350°F. Coat two 9 x 2-inch cake pans with non­stick spray. Line bottoms with waxed or parchment paper; spray paper.
  2. Beat butter, sugars, ¼ cup walnuts, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a mixer on low speed until blended. Increase speed to medium-high and beat, scraping frequently until fluffy.
  3. On low speed, beat in eggs 1 at a time until well blended, scraping between additions. Add flour in 3 additions, alternating with applesauce in 2 additions, just until blended. Divide batter between prepared pans, gently spreading until level.
  4.  Bake 25 to 30 min. or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 min., then remove cakes from pans; cool completely.
  5. Frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla in a mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Add milk, if needed, until frosting is a spreadable consistency.
  6. Place 1 cake layer on a platter, bottom side down. Spread with about ½ cup frosting. Top with other cake layer top side down. Spread top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Sprinkle top edge of cake with remaining ¼ cup walnuts.

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