Apple Walnut Delight Cake

Ever since I was a little girl, my mother would make Apple Walnut Delight Cake come apple season, and now I do the same. I always wonder why “delight” is in the recipe title, but after the first bite, I understand why. If you have any allergies or aversions to nuts, by all means, omit the walnut, as I have here. The cake is just as wonderful without them.
Apple Walnut Delight Cake frosted with glaze and displayed on a wooden serving board.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 775kcal
Author Liren Baker


For the cake:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar I like to use 1 cup white granulated and 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups peeled and 1/2-inch chopped apples (see note on apples below)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts omit if desired, and increase apple quantity to 4 cups, plus more for garnishing

For the glaze:

  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 325° Butter and flour a 10-inch fluted cake pan or tube pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add gradually to sugar, butter and egg mixture until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Stir in apples and walnuts.
  • Spoon into prepared cake pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Release the cake onto a plate and let it cool while you make the glaze.
  • Combine confectioners sugar with lemon juice and milk and whisk well until smooth. Use 1 cup of sugar for a thin glaze or 2 cups for a thick glaze, depending on your preference.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake and garnish with chopped walnuts, if you wish!


What kinds of apples work well in this apple cake? Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, SweeTango all work well. I love a combination of Gala/Honeycrisp/SweeTango!
Prefer to skip the walnuts? Omit if desired, and increase apple quantity to 4 cups.
This recipe for Apple Walnut Delight Cake first appeared here on January 26, 2011.


Calories: 775kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 580mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 824IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
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