Monday, September 20, 2010

Chunky Apple Walnut Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Hope you had a WOW weekend!

I know all of you had to drag me into Fall, kicking and screaming...but it's here and I'm actually happy about it! We had a beautiful weekend, and here are just a few of the highlights of another great weekend in Idaho!

Remember this guy? He likes to eat treats and we are trying, (without much luck) to adopt him. Well, it was our high's homecoming and he made us a part of it. He and his adorable date, are both pretty cute...

and their equally cute, great group of friends, had an all day date on Saturday. They rode four-wheelers up in the mountains to an amazing lake, where they had a picnic together. Cool huh, and then they headed home early in the evening and had a fabulous steak-fest at one of the guy's homes. After dinner they all got dolled-up for the dance and pictures and we got in on the photo-op. It brought back some fun memories with our 5...thanks guys!

I know Coach Petersen wants us to take it, "game by game," but our
Boise State Broncos mowed right over the Wyoming Cowboys;
Boise State 51 and Wyoming 6
...and was almost no fun.
We crave their nail-biting, last-second, 1 point finishes!
More excitement this coming weekend with 23rd ranked Oregon State...
no worries, I'll keep you updated.

In our backyard apples are falling off the trees and I'm still getting zillions of zucchini. I went to work creating...

Chunky Apple Walnut Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
apple-licious, dense and moist with apple chunks, crunchy walnuts, with a creamy hint of maple icing!

I ground 1-1/4 cups of wheat and used half whole wheat flour, half white. You can use all white if you'd rather.

Mix sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, eggs, flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Chop 3 cups of fresh unpeeled apples. I used my organic apples. You may want to peel apples that are not, but the peels add delicious texture.

Add apples and toasted chopped walnuts to the cake batter.

Add batter to a 9x13" pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

Whip up a batch of creamy Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting

Frost your chunky, yummy cake...

I garnished mine with some cinnamon candy-corns and a slice of fresh apple...

and serve with love!
Last week I didn't add "with love" and my guy said he missed it...
so add lots of love...

Chunky Apple Walnut Cake
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups apples, unpeeled and chopped (about 3-4)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all but the apples and walnuts well in a mixing bowl. Add apples and walnuts and stir well to incorporate. Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, and then frost.

Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 oz. cream-cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add milk and maple extract and thoroughly whip together. Frost the cake. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Happy harvesting and baking friends.  Thanks for your visit!


  1. I can smell that beautiful cake now! How lucky you are to have fresh fruit in the yard.

    The kids look so nice, all decked out in their finery.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. so jealous of the apple tree! The recipe sounds yummy. definitely going to have to try this!

  3. Your cake looks yuumy! Jordan knows that everything Mom cooks is better because I add the love. :o) La

  4. My mouth is watering! That looks incredible!

  5. We went apple picking this weekend too and I am soooo going to make that cake! I'm bookmarking this post right now so I remember...

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's for Dinner

  6. Yum, that apple walnut cake has my name on it. Gosh, it looks so delicious. Sounds like you had a great weekend, and congrats on that big win!

  7. Gnee -- this looks fab. I think I would drown in the maple cream cheese frosting before I could even frost it. Joni

  8. Your apple cake looks great, and I DO have maple extract, that icing might be in my future-thanks!
    Congrats on that fantastic faucet, puts my old drippy one to shame:@)

  9. Sounds like a great weekend! Such a cute bunch of youth and yay for those darling girls and their modest dresses! This cake looks awesome..we must be thinking alike! ;D

  10. Sounds like an awesome weekend. Wow what a faucet! The apples are ready on our tree, this looks like a great recipe to try. Have a great week.

  11. I think I might be drooling just a bit. Maple is one of my all time favorite tastes. Slathered over this cake, it sounds wonderful. A perfect fall dessert!!

    And what a good looking and happy group of couples! I already miss those days with my girls. I might have to follow your lead and borrow a teenager from some friends.

  12. Yeah! Great weekend, Great faucet and Great recipe! Oh, and great post too!

  13. Wonderful fall memories: homecoming, football, apples, home baked goodies! Thanks for this beautiful post!

  14. I just found your blog thanks to your link up - I am getting into fall baking myself & may have to try this one! Your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing : )

  15. Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday and oh yum! This looks way too good! I'm saving this recipe
    for our next dinner party.

  16. How cute that they all color coordinate! :) And YUM on your dessert!

    By the way, I'm starting a new photo challenge on Sunday called Scripture & A Snapshot, in case you're interested! :)

  17. Wow -- what a delightful cake :)

  18. YUM! This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  19. YUMMY!! What a perfect treat for fall. Thanks for sharing and linkin up to tasty tuesdays.

  20. Just want to say I love your blog - so pretty!

  21. Looks delish!!

    I'm having a fall link party on friday and I'd love if you would join!


  22. I just found your wonderful blog! It is lovely and I can't wait to read past posts.
    I am now a follower, and I will be back!

    White Spray Paint

  23. That looks so good. Enjoy those free apples. We went apple picking Sunday with the gkids, and it was 30 dollars for a bag that hodls about 22 lbs!

    Congrats on the faucet, beautiful!

  24. Wow! Apples and Maple Cream frosting! Those sound so perfect together!

  25. oh Yum! I'd love for you to link this up on my site - I know my readers would love it!

  26. Ohhhh...that looks DeLiciouS!! I am definitely giving it a try! Thanks for the recipe... YUM!!!

    P.S....GO BRONCOS!! :)

  27. Another mouth watering post! Thanks for linking it up to Thrilling Thursday!!!

    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  28. Sounds like the kids had a wonderful time!

    This cake looks sinfully and moist. I'll be making it for tomorrow's gameday dessert. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Jane (artfully graced)

  29. This sounds soooo delicious! I've been waiting for fall since, oh....last fall! But here in the desert we don't exactly get a traditional fall. This recipe will certainly help. Thanks for sharing.


  30. Your cake looks delicious!
    We are in CA, but my son-in-law is from Boise and is a HUGE Boise State fan! You can bet we'll be watching the game here on Saturday:) Go Boise! :)

  31. Yeah...this looks AMAZING!!! Cant wait to try it:)

  32. Yumm...I LOVW fresh apple cake!!!

  33. Wow, does this look delicious! LOVE, love having fresh fruit available like this...used to have an incredible apple tree and a peach tree & so enjoyed them immensely. Wish I could have taken them with me when I moved.

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  34. What an Autumn winner - this cake looks great and I am printing it out!

  35. I'm going to send a link to this to my mom. My dad loves dense moist cakes, a dry cake is his opinion of high crime. I think he'd love it! It so cool that you are involved with your neighborhood kids:) It sounds like a great day and all the couples look so nice! Thanks for linking up to A Crafty Soiree!

  36. Another yummy recipe! This is so perfect for fall!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  37. oh my goodness this looks delish!


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