4 large Granny Smith apples (about 2 lb.), peeled, cored and chopped
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
How to Make It
Make cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring halfway through. In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Fold in apples and walnuts. (Batter will be very thick.) Spread batter in pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Place on a wire rack and let cake cool completely.
Make frosting: In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and butter. Beat in lemon juice. Reduce speed to low, then add confectioners' sugar gradually. Fold in zest. Spread frosting on cake; sprinkle with ginger.
This cake resonates autumn to me. The apple and ginger work so perfectly together and taste delicious. The cake is moist and hearty and we loved the nuts and apple bits. The frosting was delicious. We thought the lemony tang paired beautifully with the sweetness underneath it. High marks all around. You can read my full review at: http://bit.ly/O2mcpx
Great recipe! Me and my kids did this for snack and my kids asked for us to make some more! We used to have the Chocolate Custard Pie Recipe we found on GourmetRecipe.com but it's nice to try new things. I often check it out for recipes and cooking information including this website, KraftRecipes.com, Foodiamond.com, AllTheMeat.com, and Gourmandia.org.uk for different moods and occasions. Thanks for this appetizing recipe!
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Made this cake last night (of course, the day my husband and I started Weight Watchers Online). Pretty good, solid recipe. Next time, I would add more walnuts to the cake and a bit less lemon juice to the frosting. The major plus about this cake, if you're on a diet and need something sweet to eat, at least there is fruit and nuts in it, so you're getting SOME nutrition, unlike a chocolate cake. FYI: Serves 12 pieces of cake at 12 Weight Watchers points a piece!
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