Spiced Apple-Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


10 to 12 servings
3 medium green apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced into ¼-½-inch piecesgranny smith apples3
1 ½ cups maple syrupmaple syrup1 ½
3 eggs, at room temperatureegg(s)3
¾ cup light brown sugarlight brown sugar¾
¾ cup vegetable oilvegetable oil¾
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extractvanilla extract1
3 cups flourall purpose flour3
1 ½ teaspoons baking powderbaking powder1 ½
1 ½ teaspoons baking sodabaking soda1 ½
1 tablespoon ground cinnamonground cinnamon1
½ teaspoon ground nutmegground nutmeg½
½ teaspoon ground gingerground ginger½
½ teaspoon fine sea saltfine sea salt½
1 cup chopped walnutswalnuts1
1 cup powdered sugarpowdered sugar1
¼ cup heavy creamheavy cream¼
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperaturecream cheese4
3 tablespoon water, plus extra, as neededwater3
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extractvanilla extract2


Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally butter and flour a 10-inch fluted tube or bundt pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the apples, maple syrup, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In batches, mix the dry ingredients into the apple mixture. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
In a food processor, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons water, and vanilla. Process until smooth, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is pourable. Spoon the icing over the cake and allow to set for 20 minutes before slicing.
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