Caramelized apple slices are the perfect complement to the rich walnut cake. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1996

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Ingredients

Apple Topping

Walnut cake

Directions

  • To make apple topping: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with sides at least 2 inches high with cooking spray.

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  • Combine 3/4 cup sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to medium high and cook, without stirring, until the syrup turns a deep amber color, about 5 minutes. (Swirl the pan if the syrup is coloring unevenly.) Immediately pour the syrup into the prepared cake pan.

  • Toss apple slices with lemon juice in a bowl. Evenly press the apples into the warm caramel and set aside.

  • To make walnut cake: Combine walnuts, flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor; process until the walnuts are ground to a coarse meal.

  • Beat 2 egg whites in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. One tablespoon at a time, beat in 1/3 cup sugar, continuing to beat until the egg whites are stiff and glossy; set aside.

  • Beat 2 whole eggs with the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a separate mixing bowl until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

  • Whisk one-fourth of the reserved beaten egg whites into the whole-egg mixture. Sprinkle half of the dry ingredients over the top and fold in gently using a rubber spatula. Fold in the remaining beaten whites, followed by the remaining dry ingredients.

  • Spread the batter over the fruit in the pan. Bake until the top springs back when lightly touched and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate, setting any stray apples back in place. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tips

Equipment: 9-inch cake pan with 2-inch high sides

Tip: To toast walnuts: Spread nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories; 6.9 g total fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 140 mg sodium. 45 g carbohydrates; 4.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Rating: 2 stars
09/02/2013
complicated recipe don't use silicone pan! this cake came out lovely but i lost all my apples in the bottom of the pan! i used a red silicone pan. still looks good but sadly apple-less. Pros: easy caramel nice walnut angel cake batter Cons: apple-caramel mixture stayed in pan burned slightly Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I am going to try this recipe it really sounds delicious BUT it is too complicated for me. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This is very delicious and even better the next day. Just don't ignore the height requirement on the cake pan like I did! A standard 1.5" deep pan is not enough. Read More
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