CHUNKY APPLE CAKE WITH BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING

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25 min Prep
3 hr 0 min Total
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16 Servings

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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
    Cake
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cups granulated sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 eggs
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 cups coarsely chopped peeled baking apples (3 medium)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup chopped walnuts
    Frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup butter (do not use margarine)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 to 3 tablespoons milk
Preparation
  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.
Tips
  • 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.