A Picture of a Golden Delicious Apple Cake with Maple Walnut Glaze

GOLDEN DELICIOUS
APPLE CAKE

with Maple Walnut Glaze

Maple syrup is the beloved nectar at the heart of Canadian cuisine, deeply ingrained in the country’s culinary heritage. Its rich history and significance make it a symbol of Canadian identity, so much so that the iconic maple leaf adorns the nation’s flag.

This natural sweetener is cherished for its unique flavor and versatility in various dishes and meal courses, from breakfast to dessert.

To celebrate this Canadian treasure, this delightful apple cake recipe combines the wholesome goodness of apples with the sweetness of maple syrup in a light, spongy cake.

This dessert is a perfect blend of comforting, seasonal flavours that evoke a sense of home and tradition.

The quintessential, autumn aroma of cinnamon and apples baking together with the subtle sweetness of maple syrup creates a treat that is sure to delight your taste buds and pay homage to Canada’s culinary legacy in any season.

THE VERSATILITY OF MAPLE SYRUP

In Canada, maple syrup is used in a myriad of creative and innovative ways. In addition to being sold in decorative bottles to enable visitors to take a bit of this wonderful country home with them, it’s used in a plethora of recipes across the country.

Maple is a versatile ingredient that can add a touch of sweetness and enhance flavour profiles. Some popular dishes where you can use maple syrup include:

Pancakes and Waffles – Maple syrup is a classic topping for pancakes, waffles and crepes, creating a delicious combination of sweet and nutty flavours.

Salad Dressings – Maple syrup can be used to sweeten salad dressings, adding a unique twist to your salads. It pairs well with ingredients like balsamic vinegar, mustard, and olive oil.

Baked Goods – Maple syrup can be used as a natural sweetener in baked goods such as cakes, cookies, and muffins. It can add a rich, caramel-like flavour to your treats, such as the below recipe.

Glazes and Marinades – Maple syrup can be used to increase the complexity of glazes for meats like ham or salmon, pork and chicken. It can also be used as a marinade for tempeh or tofu, adding a hint of sweetness to your vegetarian dishes.

Vegetable Roasts – Maple syrup can be drizzled over roasted vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, or brussel sprouts to caramelize them and draw out their natural flavors.

These are just a few examples of how you can use maple syrup in your cooking to heighten the enjoyment of your culinary creations. Feel free to experiment and get creative!

APPLE CAKE PAN OPTIONS

This golden delicious apple cake is a delicious and versatile dessert that can be baked in a variety of cake pans to suit your preferences or occasion. Here are a few options to consider:

Bundt Pan: Baking an apple cake in a bundt pan can give it an elegant and decorative shape. The center tube in the pan allows for even baking and creates a beautiful presentation when the cake is turned out onto a serving platter and drizzled with syrup or simply dusted with powdered sugar.

Springform Pan: A springform pan with removable sides is perfect for baking apple cakes that are delicate or have a crumbly texture. It makes it easy to release the cake without damaging its shape, which is especially useful for moist apple cakes that may stick to the sides of a regular cake pan.

Rectangular Pan: Baking an apple cake in a rectangular pan is great for when you want to cut the cake into bars or squares for serving. This shape is convenient for making portable treats or for serving at events where guests may prefer smaller portions.

Round Cake Pan: A classic round cake pan is a traditional option for baking apple cakes. It’s easy to slice and serve, and you can stack multiple layers to create a tiered cake if desired.

No matter which cake pan you choose, be sure to adjust the baking time and temperature accordingly to ensure that your apple cake turns out moist and perfectly baked.

A CAKE FOR EVERY OCCASION

Apple cake is a popular confection that’s perfect for any celebration, such as birthdays, holidays, dinner parties, or potlucks.

This delectably moist bundt cake is a crowd-pleaser that combines the sweetness of apples with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The tender chunks of apple add a rich texture to the cake, making each bite a heavenly experience.

When making an apple cake, you can choose to incorporate other ingredients like nuts or raisins to add extra flavor and texture.

Whether you prefer a simple apple cake dusted with powdered sugar or a more elaborate version topped with a decadent caramel glaze, there are countless ways to customize this classic dessert to suit your taste and occasion.

So, next time you’re planning a special gathering, consider baking a golden delicious apple cake to impress your guests and treat them to the flavours of comfort and nostalgia.

Who knows? It may become a time-honoured recipe, passed down from generation to generation. 

Total Prep Time:
1 Hr 30 min

Servings in Recipe:
6-10

Serving Size:
1 slice

Calories Per Serving:
518

Total Prep Time: 1 Hr 30 min


Servings in Recipe: 6-10


Serving Size: 1 slice


Calories Per Serving: 518

A Picture of a Golden Delicious Apple Cake with Maple Walnut Glaze

GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLE CAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 4 medium golden delicious apples (or your choice)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup Canadian maple syrup (or whatever you have in your pantry)
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • Non-stick Spray
A Grouping of Golden Delicious Apple Cake Ingredients. Flour, Eggs, Apples, Milk and Spices
A Grouping of Golden Delicious Apple Cake Ingredients. Flour, Eggs, Apples, Milk and Spices

Directions

apple cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Generously spray the inside of the bundt pan.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Core, skin and cube apples.
  • In another bowl or a mixer, cream 2/3 cup butter or margarine on medium to high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add sugar or sugar substitute until light and well incorporated.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing in well after each addition.
  • Mix in 1/4 cup maple syrup (the batter may appear curdled but that’s natural).
  • Mix in 1/4 cup of flour mixture on low until all flour is combined.
  • Gently fold in half the cubed apples.
  • Spoon batter into bundt pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to sit in pan on a wire rack until pan is cool to the touch.
  • Place a flat plate over the top of the bundt pan and gently flip it over onto a wire rack. Then slowly pull the bundt pan off of your apple cake.
  • Continue to cool the cake on a wire rack or serve it warm after topping it with the glaze.

glaze

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 1/3 cup butter over medium heat.
  • Add the remaining apples to the melted butter. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until softened.
  • Stir in brown sugar and cream.
  • Bring just to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chopped walnuts until heated through.
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
  • Allow to sit and cool slightly for approx 3 minutes.
  • Drizzle glaze over the cake with a spoon.
  • Serve cake immediately for a warm presentation or store in a cool, dry part of the kitchen for later.

GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLE CAKE FAQ

Why is my apple cake so dense?

A light, moist cake is ideal. Several factors can make this apple bundt cake too dense. Too much liquid in the mix is the most common culprit. Over-measuring ingredients like eggs and cream will cause too much liquid evaporation in a hot oven, leaving your cake dry and heavy.

By carefully measuring and balancing the ingredients, you can ensure a fluffy and moist apple bundt cake that will surely impress your taste buds.

Does an apple cake freeze well?

It does! You can freeze your apple bundt cake for up to 3 months and once completely thawed, you will still have a delicious, moist cake. However, it must be wrapped well (1-2 layers of plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil) to prevent freezer burn.

To prevent freezer burn on cakes, it is important to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to create a barrier against the cold, dry air. Additionally, placing the wrapped cake in an airtight container can further protect it from moisture loss.

Labeling and dating the cake before freezing it can help you keep track of how long it has been stored, as cakes are best consumed within a few months of freezing to maintain their freshness and flavor. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy delicious, freezer-burn-free cakes whenever you’re ready to indulge.


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