Chunky Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Chunky Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

  • 25 Minutes Prep3 Hours Total
  • 16 Servings
  • 670 Calories per Serving
Show ‘em some fresh-from-the-oven love with this cinnamon-spiced cake filled with walnuts and hearty chunks of apple. The icing on top? Creamy vanilla browned butter frosting.

Ingredient List


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped peeled baking apples (3 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1/2 cup butter (do not use margarine)
  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and the granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in apples and walnuts. Spoon into pan.
  3. Bake 50 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  4. In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Gradually beat in powdered sugar with spoon. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and enough milk until frosting is smooth and desired spreading consistency. Generously spread frosting over top and partially down side of cake. To serve, cut cake with serrated knife.


  • The best baking apples are slightly tart. Top choices are Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Northern Spy and Rome Beauty.
  • Browned butter frosting has a sweet, nutty flavor that pairs well with this apple cake.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Total Fat 31g 48%, Saturated Fat 16g 78%, Cholesterol 115mg 38%, Sodium 490mg 20%, Potassium 125mg 4%, Total Carbohydrate 91g 30%, Dietary Fiber 2g 8%, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 10%, Vitamin D 6%, Vitamin E 4%, Thiamin 15%, Riboflavin 15%, Niacin 8%, Vitamin B6 4%, Folic Acid 10%, Vitamin B12 4%, Pantothenic Acid 4%, Phosphorus 10%, Magnesium 6%, Zinc 4%, Selenium 20%, Copper 10%, Manganese 30%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 670, Calories from Fat 280, Trans Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 6g, Soluble Fiber 0g, Insoluble Fiber 1g, Sugars 68g, Protein 6g, Beta-Carotene 4%, Omega-3 1g, Carbohydrate Choice 6, Starch 2, Fruit 0, Other Carbohydrate 4, Skim Milk 0, Low-Fat Milk 0, Milk 0, Vegetable 0, Very Lean Meat 0, Lean Meat 0, Medium-Fat Meat 0, High-Fat Meat 0, Fat 6, Fruits 0c, Vegetables 0c, Grains 2oz-eq, Meat & Beans 1oz-eq, Dairy 0c, Fats & Oils 6tsp