Turkey Day Dessert

We decided this year to do a non-pie dessert for Thanksgiving. I saw an episode of Giada at Home on the Food Network and thought the cake she made look delicious!! Not only did we eat it for dessert on Thanksgiving, but we ate it as a sweet tasty breakfast throughout the long holiday weekend.

…and it looked just lovely under the glass dome of my cake stand.

Spiced Apple-Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
from Giada De Laurentiis

3 medium green apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4 -inch pieces
1 1/2 C maple syrup
3 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 C light brown sugar
3/4 C vegetable oil
1 Tb pure vanilla extract
3 C flour
1 1/2 Tsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tsp baking soda
1 Tb ground cinnamon
1/2 Tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 Tsp ground ginger
1/2 Tsp fine sea salt
1 C chopped walnuts

1 C powdered sugar
1/4 C heavy cream
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 Tb water, plus extra, as needed
2 Tsp pure vanilla extract

For the cake: 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 until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the icing: 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. I also garnished with additional chopped walnuts sprinkled over the icing.


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