Apple Nut Cake


1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon light brown sugar

1-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup natural applesauce

3/4 cup vanilla yougurt1-1/2 cups butter, melted

1/4 cup oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pinch of Ground Clove


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine the apple, walnuts, butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon.

Toss until the apple is thoroughly coated, then set aside while you prepare the cake batter.

Using a hand-held mixer, beat together the granulated sugar and eggs.

Add the applesauce, yogurt, and oil and beat until combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda,

nutmeg, clove, and the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

With the mixer on low, beat the flour mixture into the applesauce mixture just until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and scatter the apple and nut mixture over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack.   

Serves 9-12