Spiced Apple Cake with Walnuts

Caramelized Apples

Cinnamon Streusel Topping


Do I have your attention yet?

For August’s Secret Recipe Club assignment, I was given the very lovely and charming blog – Permanent Posies

She named her blog after a shop that her grandmother owned.  I love the feeling of history and family that threads its way throughout her blog. I could definitely see myself hanging out with her, creating in the kitchen and then devouring the goodies while laughing the whole time.

There are so many delicious recipes on her site, however the Apple Spice Walnut Cake kept whispering to me.

It’s like Fall baked into a bundt cake.
apple pie bundt cake

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Vanilla, Almonds, Walnuts

This cake is not for beginners.

It’s not terribly difficult, but this cake requires three different stages and a bit of balance in the kitchen.

Trust me when I tell you, it’s worth it.

Thinly sliced apples

apples for spiced apple pie cake

Tossed together with nutmeg, allspice and cornstarch – sauteed in butter until soft

skillet apples

Then there’s the layering – the layering – the layering – the layering.

Streusel, apples and cake batter.

Sautee’d apples – streusel – batter – apples – streusel – batter – streusel – batter

Bake at 350 for 1 hour 10 minutes (or until an uncooked spaghetti comes out clean)

Let the cake rest for 10 minutes in the pan, run a knife around the edges of the pan, place a wire cooling rack over the top of the bundt pan and then dump the pan over onto the wire rack releasing the cake. If the cake seems to stick a bit, tap the bottom of the cake pan with a knife a few times and let it sit.

Once the pan is released, you’ll have this delicious cake with an amazing caramelized apple crust

caramelized apples on cake

Allow the cake to cool for about 30 minutes prior to serving.

Spiced Apple Cake with Walnuts
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Delicious Spiced Apple Cake With Walnuts - lightly adapted from Permanent Posies as a part of the Secret Recipe Club
Serves: 1 bundt cake
Caramelized Apples
  • 2 medium apples, thinly sliced
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 C sifted flour
  • 1½ C dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 C cold butter
  • 1 C chopped walnuts
Cake Batter
  • 1 box Vanilla Cake mix (and ingredients according to box)
  • 1 C sour cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C chopped apple
For the Spiced Apples
  1. Use a mandoline to thinly slice 2 medium apples
  2. In a ziplock baggie: combine sugar, cornstarch and spices - add the apple slices and toss to coat. Set aside.
  3. Melt 3 Tbsp butter; add the apples and saute until soft.
  1. Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the butter (I use forks - you can use a pastry cutter, if you have one) Set aside
  1. Make cake mix according to box
  2. Add in - sour cream, vanilla-almond extract - cinnamon and chopped apples
  3. Mix until fully incorporated.
Time to layer
  1. Butter and PAM with baking spray a bundt pan
  2. Pour in the apples
  3. Top with 2 C streusel
  4. Pour ¾ of the batter over the apples and streusel
  5. Top with another 2 C streusel
  6. Pour the remaining batter over this and then sprinkle the rest of the streusel over this
  7. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a dry spaghetti noodle comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan 10 minutes, run a knife around the edges of the cake
  9. Using a good wire rack; place it over top of the cake pan and holding it very carefully - flip it upside down and then allow the cake to rest on the wire rack and cool completely

This post is part of the super fun Secret Recipe Club – each month we’re assigned a random blog from the other participants, we choose a recipe off their blog, make it – blog it – post it and it’s all kept secret until THE BIG REVEAL 😉



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  1. says

    HI! Visiting from SRC. You have a lovely blog! This cake is perfect for Fall. We have an apple tree in our yard so I will be making this soon.

  2. says

    This recipe reminds me of the Joey’s Apple Cake from the White Water Cookbooks. It also happens to be my husbands favorite cake to make. You’re right about it not being super easy to make but if my husband can do it….and he doesn’t like to bake, it’s definitely worth the effort as you say! Soooo delicious.

  3. says

    Just printed this off! Can’t wait to pick some fresh apples and then give this a try! YUM!

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    If you haven’t already, come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

    or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza

  4. Vivian thiele says

    Visiting from the SRC… what an amazing dish. I love visiting everyone’s blog and seeing what they chose

  5. says

    I’ve totally been itching to get started on fall baking and this sounds amazing! I love the warms fall spices with sweet delicious apples. Great SRC pick!

  6. says

    this cake is seriously one of the best looking things I have seen in a long time. And the spice combination is just amazing! great choice!

  7. says

    I want fall and back to school! This cake just screams fall. I want a chunky sweater on, sipping tea with a big fat slice of this.

  8. says

    Ohhh I see Suzanne featured you on SRC today, yum! That carmelized top looks so good :) I noticed your blog hop is missing. Can you please check and add it back in? Thanks!

  9. says

    I decided to put your blog button on my sidebar and was looking through the comments. I noticed that there wasn’t one from me. What? How did I forget that. I read it right away but I guess I just never said anything. Thank you so much for perusing my blog and being my SRC friend this week. I am new at it and I will eventually get the program…..hahaha.

  10. Juliet Saris says

    Hello Rachel,

    first of all, thank you very much for this recipe!

    But I have a big problem with it. I was going step-by-step by your article and did everything right. At least I think 😀 Anyway, when I was done my cake was absolutely disaster! It not stay together, it was one big disaster!! :/

    Do you know what I did wrong and bad? I used another type of flour…

    If you can help me, I would be more than thankful!!



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