I've made this delicious cake several times and every time there were raves and requests for the recipe. Nice for dessert or morning coffee. I cut the apples into chunks instead of slices. While the dough is very dense, it yields a very moist cake. Better backed the night before.
Good flavor. The other reviewers are right about the batter being thick, like cookie batter (wait, should I try making cookies?). Also, I'd chunk the apples instead of slicing, or slice the slices in half cross-wise. I used my hands to mix the apples & walnuts into the dough/batter, it's far too thick for stirring. I'd also cut back on the cooking time, maybe mine was a little overdone because the pan was dark nonstick. Finally, the cake is very sweet, so I'd skip the frosting as it is absolutely NOT needed.
Touted as the "best apple cake recipe" in Southern Living and they are right. I have made this twice and both times, my son and husband fight over it. Once with the cream cheese frosting and once with a basic white frosting--they said it was great either way. Will definitely make a again and again.