This cake is moist and flavorful with a hint of maple, orange, and spices. It’s made with sweet tart apples, walnuts,and always with love. That is one very special ingredient that helps to make all of your desserts taste better.
The combination results a beautiful texture and flavor.
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs room temperature
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
(I prefer using sea salt or kosher salt when baking)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji. My favorite ones for this cake are Fuji, they are so creamy and buttery!
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup brandy or triple sec (this liquor is used to soak the cake once the cake has finished baking.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Peel, core & cut the apples into large pieces and place in a separate bowl.
Add 1 cup of white sugar and all of your spices.
Add 1 tablespoon of orange zest and toss.
Allow the apples to marinate while preparing the other ingredients.
In a separate mixing bowl add 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil, three eggs, 1 cup packed brown sugar and the vanilla,maple and almond extract.
Blend until the mixture has come together into a creamy liquid.
Begin to sift all of your dry ingredients together.
I prefer sifting all of my dry ingredients onto a large piece of parchment paper directly placed on the counter.
Sifting the flour is a necessary step in baking that cannot be skipped!
If you do not sift your dry ingredients, your cake will end up with hard little alien flour-ball invaders floating throughout it.
Stop and sift the flour!
Once you have sifted the dry ingredients together and the oil mixture has creamed together slowly begin to add the sifted dry ingredients to the oil mixture.
Mix until all of the ingredients have perfectly creamed together, however be careful not to over mix the batter.
Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl very well then add the marinated apple mixture directly to the batter.
After you have added the apple mixture add 1 cup chopped walnuts and continue to mix until fully incorporated.
It is always a good idea to taste the batter before baking it. Just to ensure you have added enough spices to your liking!
Pour the batter into a well greased baking pan lined with parchment paper and place in the center rack of a 350 degree preheated oven.
Bake for approximately 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
I love the smell this cake makes while baking.
Nothing brings out the Holiday Season more than the delicious aroma of cinnamon, apples, nutmeg and allspice drifting through the kitchen!
Once the cake has finished baking remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool for approximately 1/2 an hour or until the pan is no longer hot on the bottom.
Remove the cake from the pan and spray with the brandy or triple sec liquor.
I like placing the liquor into a clean dry spray bottle, it makes for a very easy way to soak your cake evenly.
Lightly dust the cake with powered sugar and enjoy!
This cake may be kept in a sealed air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.