So, I did not intend to make this a cake. It started as Apple Maple Walnut Bread, but somehow the whole bread bit got lost along the way and it turned into a cake. A soft, buttery, utterly delicious cake. And you know, I like cake and I’m going to damn well eat it for breakfast because I do what I want. Take that, bread.
I’m kind of grumpy because I have a to-do list that is a million miles long and I have gotten exactly none of it done the past two weekends. It’s been grrrreat because we’ve done a lot of hanging out with friends, but our house is a disaster, I am way wayyyy behind on my blogging, and the wedding has not been planned yet. I know, my life is hard. SO HARD.
So to make me fee better, CAKE! Yup, I just did that. I made a similar recipe 4 years ago and scribbled it down in my little recipe notebook I keep. I’ve gone back to it time and again, but the urge really only strikes when there is a bit of chill in the air, and when the apples are at their prime. This time I was out of a couple of my standard ingredients, so I changed it up a bit and am in love with the result. Super tender and just sweet enough, with chunks of apple and walnut throughout.
Just to take it over the top, I made a quick icing and, as you can tell, made a complete mess. Evidenced below. If you do this, make sure your icing is rather thick before pouring, a good amount thicker than it actually needs to be. I don’t have a recipe for it, but just combine a bunch of powdered sugar with a bit of vanilla extract and some almond milk and stir stir stir until it’s smooth. And thick. Make sure it’s thick.
The slices are really perfect just on their own – no butter or jam required. I ate some for my morning snack and again for my afternoon snack because 1) I had a rough day, and 2) cake. Need I say more? Oh wait, yes. Vegan.
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Apple Maple Walnut Cake
A quick bread recipe that’s pretending to be cake! Flavors of fresh fall apples, pure maple syrup, and crunchy walnuts come together in this cake to just knock you off your feet. You’ll be in love!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted, vegan or otherwise (I used Earth Balance)
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed + 5 Tbsp water
- 1 cup chopped apple
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8×4″ baking pan.
- Combine the flax seed and water in a small bowl and let thicken for about 5 minutes.
- Combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Place the melted butter, the flax seed mix, and the maple syrup in a large bowl and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and stir until almost combined, then mix in the apples and walnuts (you want these to be in small-ish pieces). The batter is a bit loose, but you can add a bit more flour if needed, just be careful not to overmix.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean (check at 40 minutes just in case).
- Let cool completely, then carefully remove from the pan. Make an icing, if desired (see text above), then pour it over the top and let harden before serving.