Savor the flavors of fall in every bite with my Apple Nut Cake. Moist, decadent, and packed with pecans and fresh apple chunks. A perfect autumn dessert!
When I was a kid, my mom always made this amazing Apple Nut Cake. It’s the perfect fall dessert and snack because it’s amazingly moist and studded with tons of delicious apples and pecans. (Pro Tip: Try it for breakfast! It’s fruit, right? It’s allowed!)
It got rave reviews every time she made it. So obviously when I started my blog years and years (yes, it was like eons) ago, this cake had to make it onto the blog. And, here it is! Enjoy!
Which nut goes best with apples?
Just about any nut goes great with apples. I love pecans, walnuts, almonds, and cashews. However, if you are wondering what nuts would go best in this particular apple nut cake, then I highly recommend sticking with the chopped pecans I suggest in this recipe. I’ve tried others, but nothing quite beats the flavor matching of these pecans with the diced apples.
However, if you are in a spot where you can’t find or consume pecans, I would opt for one of the following:
- Walnuts: A classic choice, walnuts bring a slightly bitter, earthy flavor that complements the sweetness of the apples.
- Almonds: Whether sliced, slivered, or chopped, almonds offer a delicate, slightly sweet taste and an awesome crunch.
- Hazelnuts: With their rich, toasty flavor, hazelnuts enhance the apples in the cake, providing a warm and nutty rich flavor.
- Macadamia Nuts: Known for their buttery, creamy quality, macadamia nuts can add a smooth texture to your apple nut cake.
What kind of apples should I use?
When baking with apples, you want to use apples that are going to hold their shape and not cook to mush. So, you want to choose a firmer fleshed apple. Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady apples are all firmer fleshed apple varieties that work great in this recipe. Honeycrisp happens to be my most favorite, so I most frequently use those.
Tips for making Apple Nut Cake:
Stir thoroughly! Make sure you mix this cake batter enough. This makes a very thick dough, so it’s going to take some serious muscle to mix it together. But power through. Mixing it too little will produce a very crumbly cake – trust me, I know.
But, don’t stir it too much! Mixing it too much can make it dry. I find that stirring for about 1 to 2 minutes will get you right where you need to be.
Try it with a glaze! I think this cake is delicious all by itself, but if a glaze is your thing, a simple powdered sugar glaze should work just fine. You could also replace the liquid in the glaze with apple juice or apple cider for even more apple flavor. Y’all enjoy!
Can I add some spices to this cake?
While I think this cake is perfect as is, some folks often ask about incorporating some warm, fall spices into the mix. Adding cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or even allspice to your mixture would work just fine in this recipe. You could even use a spice blend like apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice. The exact amount you’d need depends on the particular spice. When using cinnamon, I would suggest between ½ and 1 teaspoon.
Apple Nut Cake
- 3 cups peeled and finely diced apples (About 3 large apples) – I used the Honeycrisp but also love Granny Smith
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease and flour a 10 to 12-cup Bundt pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.
- Add sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla, mix well – stirring for at least 1 minute. The batter will be thick.
- Fold in the apples and pecans.
- Spread the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and just pulling away from the edges of the pan. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate or platter.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.