washington apple cake

washington apple cake

Washington apple cake is one of the most requested birthday desserts in our family. We celebrate a number of fall birthdays and I am already eyeing the apples ripening on the trees. This is a pretty straight forward cake recipe, with apples keeping it moist and the cream cheese icing adding a richness that is hard to pass up. I’ve experimented with cupcakes onboard so you don’t need serving plates. They pack up easily and only require a napkin for sticky fingers.

washington apple cake

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 5-6 granny smith, honeycrisp, or braeburn apples
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • cream cheese icing:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350°, grease 9 x 13” rectangular baking pan.

2

Peel and slice the apples to equal 4 cups. Layer them in the bottom of the pan.

3

In a medium sized mixing bowl beat the eggs, add sugar and oil and beat until creamy.

4

In another medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and then stir into egg mixture.

5

Blend in the vanilla and stir in the nuts.

6

Pour the batter over the sliced apples.

7

Bake for 1 hour. Cool.

8

Cream Cheese Icing:

9

Cream all the ingredients until smooth. Spread over cake after it has cooled completely.

Notes

I need to thank my neighbor Dianne Dodson for sharing this recipe with me many years ago.

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