Walnut Spiced Apple Cake


Yield – 2  9-inch pans

3 cups – fresh, sweet apples, medium diced, peeled

1 ¼ cups vegetable oil (I prefer grapeseed oil)

2 cups white sugar (I prefer brown, raw sugar)

3 cups sifted flour

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 eggs, beaten (use egg whites for lower cholesterol)

1 cup chopped walnuts

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground clove

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, blend the oil and sugar. Add vanilla and apples. In a separate bowl, mix flour, spices and baking soda.  Sift all and add to the oil mixture. Fold in the nuts and place in greased pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean. Cool and serve with brown sugar icing.

Piatti’s (La Jolla) Executive Chef Pepe Capatinta has also shared his Brioche Apple Bread Pudding recipe. For this and other apple treats, email me at [email protected]..

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