Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep Time
25 Mins
Bake Time
50 Mins
Serves 12

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Ratings & Reviews

topdrop's Review

March 11, 2013

msquared61's Review

October 16, 2012
So yummy even without the icing! Was great out of the oven and again the next day! Will definitely make again. Reminds me of a carrot or zucchini bread.

TheMomChef's Review

October 02, 2012
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:

shynewilliams's Review

February 21, 2012
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 but it's nice to try new things. I often check it out for recipes and cooking information including this website,,,, and for different moods and occasions. Thanks for this appetizing recipe! By the way, here's the link to the mentioned recipe: is also a greatly helpful site.

ACTJones's Review

October 31, 2011
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!