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Apple Walnut and Raisin Breakfast Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

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This Apple Walnut and Raisin Breakfast Cake with Apple Cider Glaze is truly Fall baked up into a super simple cake! Made with lots of walnuts, a splash of vanilla, raisins, and absolutely FULL of crisp autumn apple! This cake is absolutely no fuss, super easy to mix up, and SO GOOD! Every single bite is layered with sweet honeycrisp apples, raisins, and crunchy walnuts with just enough cake to hold it together. Be sure to finish this cake with a light drizzle of apple cider glaze for a simple cake that no one can turn down! Perfect for breakfast or even dessert.

apple breakfast cake on white plate with slice turned on it's side, flowers, walnuts, and raisins around

About The Recipe

We are taking a quick pause from all the fall recipes to finally share a brand new apple recipe! Now that November is here, it feels like we can take a little break from all the fun Fall flavors we’ve been posting and share a classic apple recipe. It’s honestly so easy to get caught up baking with maple, pumpkin, ginger… We can forget about apple, but it truly is one of our favorite things to bake with!

So, if you’ve been looking for the perfect apple recipe for this Fall, this is definitely the perfect one! This cake is mostly apple. Literally. And it is so good!

But, let me be honest with you all, this cake wasn’t very easy to develop! We knew we wanted a super apple-y cake, but how to get it was the question! We opted for a very small amount of batter, a LOT of apples, raisins, and walnuts for that little bit of nutty crunch.

The hardest thing was, believe it or not, getting this cake fully cooked! It’s a bit difficult to tell when this cake is done because of all the apples, but I promise it’s so worth it.

After the 2nd or 3rd bake if this cake, we had it absolutely perfect…but my camera lens was smudged. So, we had to bake it again! Thankfully, this cake freezes really well so we have a delicious apple cake to enjoy for the rest of Fall!

Delicious, sweet, and the perfect Fall treat! Especially with a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Everything You Will Love About This Apple Walnut Raisin Cake

  • Every bite is tender and moist like our Nut Cake and Fruit Cake.
  • There’s SO many apples, raisins, and walnuts that there’s just enough batter to hold it all together.
  • Don’t have to wait hours to serve. Just bake, let cool slightly, and enjoy!
  • Made a little different than a traditional cake, but it’s fun, easy, and results in one of the most delicious apple cakes!
  • Tastes delicious plain or with our apple cider icing drizzled over the top.
cake with slice on its side, walnuts, raisins, and flowers around white plate

Tools and Equipment You May Need

Ingredients To Make The Most Delicious Apple Walnut Raisin Cake (& Why!)

Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

For The Cake:

  • All-Purpose Flour – No need for specialty flours with this recipe! Using regular unbleached all-purpose flour provides the perfect structure for this cake.
  • Baking Powder – Gives this cake just the right amount of rise.
  • Salt – Adds flavor.
  • Large Eggs – Eggs act as a binder, as well as contributing to the structure, flavor, texture, and even the color!
  • Granulated Sugar – Sugar does so much for baked goods other than sweeten! It keeps the cake soft, moist, it helps promote browning…it is an essential ingredient for structure and flavor!
  • Raisins – For this recipe, you can use regular raisins or even a blend to add more depth of flavor!
  • Walnuts – To compliment the flavors in this cake, as well as give it a pleasant texture, we added chopped walnuts.
  • Unsalted Butter – Adds fat and flavor to this cake, keeping it moist and tender.
  • Fresh Apples – It’s always best to use your favorite baking apple for this recipe or even a blend of them to create a decadent depth of flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract – A splash of vanilla adds just the right amount of flavor.
chopped apples, walnuts, salt, baking powder, sugar, vanilla, flour, raisins, melted butter, and eggs in glass bowls

For The Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar – This is the only sugar that can make a glaze, as it melts once liquid hits it and creates a beautiful texture and flavor.
  • Fresh Apple Cider – Compliments the flavor of the cake, while also giving just that extra bit of apple flavor!
powdered sugar and apple cider in bowls

How To Make Apple Walnut Raisin Breakfast Cake

Step 1: Prepare batter

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Beat the eggs and sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until thick and ribbony, about 10-15 minutes.

Stir in the raisins, walnuts, and melted butter.

Fold in the chopped apples.

Stir in the dry ingredients.

Step 2: Bake

Spoon the batter into prepared pan and press down on batter until no air remains. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the cake is done.

Step 3: Make icing

Beat powdered sugar with apple cider until smooth.

Step 4: Decorate

Spoon over the cooled cake and serve!

overhead shot of apple cake on white plate with raisins, walnuts, and flowers

FAQ’s and Troubleshooting

Why is there so little cake batter?

For this cake, we wanted to do something totally different and really let the apples be the star of the show. There is meant to be very little cake batter in this recipe, but do not worry! It’s just enough to hold it all together.

What’s the best apple(s) to use? Can I use a blend of apples?

It’s best to use your favorite baking apple for this cake. Whether that’s granny smith, honeycrisp, jonagold, braeburn,, pink lady, etc. But, if you REALLY want to get a depth of flavor, use a blend of apples to really create a delicious breakfast cake.

Can I add spices to this recipe?

Of course! If you would like, you can add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon or apple pie spice.

Why is my cake tough/rubbery?

If your cake is tough and/or rubbery, this is caused by over-mixing of the batter. You have to be very careful once you fold in the dry ingredients. You do not want to over fold! Once it’s all combined, do not mix any more.

Why did my cake stick to the pan?

If you cake stuck to the pan, this could be caused by a couple of things. Your cake may simply be too hot/warm to turn out or the pan was improperly greased. Try running a thin bladed knife around the edges to help release the cake. You can also line the bottom of your cake pan with a round piece of parchment paper to help prevent the cake from sticking.

How To Store

This cake is very moist so, it needs to be kept in the fridge! It should keep for 3-5 days. You could also store the cake in a freezer safe bag and freeze for about 1-2 months!

Substitutions

  • We used Honeycrisps, but you can really use any baking apple that you like/have!
  • Walnuts are our favorite with this recipe, but pecans or almonds are also great in this recipe.
  • Not a fan of raisins? Try dried dates or dried cranberries.
  • If you don’t have apple cider for the glaze, you can use water or milk.
apple cake with slice missing, a slice behind on white plate, and glass of apple cider

Expert Tips

  • Do not take this cake out of the oven before it has been in there 50 minutes. It needs the full time and maybe a little more, depending on your oven.
  • Be sure to peel and core your apples.
  • It can be hard to tell when this cake is fully cooked. When the top is browned is almost a sure-sign that it’s done.
  • This is a very moist cake and needs to be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Any kind of baking apple can be used for this recipe!
  • 5 cups of apple chopped is about 3 1/2 large apples.

When you make this Apple Walnut and Raisin Breakfast Cake with Apple Cider Glaze, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

apple breakfast cake on white plate with slice turned on it's side, flowers, walnuts, and raisins around
4.27 from 15 votes

Apple Walnut and Raisin Breakfast Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Full of apples, walnuts, and raisins…this Apple Walnut and Raisin Breakfast Cake with Apple Cider Glaze is literally bursting with flavor! Perfect for breakfast or even dessert. It is SO GOOD!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 

Apple Cake

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • cup unsalted butter,, melted
  • 5 cups chopped apple
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Cider Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar,, sifted
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh apple cider

Instructions

Cake

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Spray an 8-inch round pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs and sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until thick and ribbony, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in raisins, walnuts, and melted butter.
  • Fold in apples and vanilla.
  • Stir in dry ingredients.
  • Spoon into prepared pan.
  • Press down on batter until no air remains.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until done.

Glaze

  • Beat powdered sugar with apple cider until smooth.
  • Spoon or drizzle over cooled cake.

Notes + Tips!

  • Do not take this cake out of the oven before it has been in there 50 minutes. It needs the full time and maybe a little more, depending on your oven.
  • Be sure to peel and core your apples.
  • It can be hard to tell when this cake is fully cooked. When the top is browned is almost a sure-sign that it’s done.
  • This is a very moist cake and needs to be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Any kind of baking apple can be used for this recipe!
  • 5 cups of apple chopped is about 3 1/2 large apples.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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7 Comments

  1. Did not like the apple cider vinegar glaze over powering made this cake twice first one like it says second one I only used half a cup of melted butter and I used half brown sugar and granulated sugar added some cinnamon and the glaze I left out the apple cider vinegar and used homemade apple cider turned out scrumptious

    1. Hi Darla! I’m so glad you enjoyed this cake! It seems you read the recipe wrong. The glaze is for fresh apple cider and powdered sugar. We didn’t say apple cider vinegar anywhere. I’m sorry for any confusion! But, thank you making this cake twice and loving it as much as we did! Xo, Caylie

      1. Oops my mistake no wonder I didn’t like the glaze! My husband loves how moist and all the apple flavor of apples!! Thank you I will be keeping this recipe

  2. 4 stars
    This looks delicious! I was going to make this today, but wanted to confirm the amount of sugar and unsalted butter – is it actually 3/8. This is a very uncommon measurement and I just want to be sure.

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Caylie! I realized you had the recipe in metric as well, and so I just weighed my ingredients. It was delicious! It’s a strange recipe, in that there is very little batter. I wasn’t sure how it was going to come out, but it was really good. I followed the recipe exactly. I have a convection oven and cooked it for 54 minutes. I will definitely make this again! Thank you!