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This apple walnut pie cake is a great everyday coffee cake or your Thanksgiving dessert option. Baked in 40 minutes from simple ingredients: flour, butter, brown sugar, egg, flour, spices, apples and walnuts.

Apple Walnut Cake

  • Author: Michal Martinek
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 6–8 1x
  • Cuisine: American


Fall-flavored Apple Walnut Cake is just like apple pie, without the crust. With juicy Granny Smith apples, chopped walnuts and a brown-butter batter, it’s a perfect cool-weather dessert.


  • 8 tablespoons (½ cup/113 g) softened unsalted butter, plus extra to grease pie pan
  • ¾ cup (107 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (150 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2½ cups (270 g) peeled, diced firm apples (such as Granny Smith)
  • ½ cup (60 g) chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C degrees. Grease a 9-inch round pie pan or a 9-inch square baking pan with butter or spray with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl combine the butter, sugar and egg. Whisk until blended.
  3. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg, and mix to combine.
  4. Stir in the apples and walnuts, then add the hot water, and mix.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the pie pan, spread evenly over the bottom and smooth out the top.
  6. Bake in the oven until golden brown on top, about 35–40 minutes.
  7. Let cool on a kitchen counter. Slice and serve dusted with powdered sugar or with ice cream.