In North East Tennessee, you know the fall season is here when it is time for the Apple Festival in Erwin, Tennessee. My family just loves going to see all kinds of crafts for sale, taste all the yummy foods, and of course, buy some apples. For $5 we got a peck of apples we were able to choose ourselves. I selected a variety, including Cameo (my favorite), Granny Smith's, Winesap, and a few others that were new to me. Last year I came up with this recipe and it was so yummy I couldn't wait to make it again this year and share the recipe with you all. I know you will agree it is definitely southern love in your tummy!
Monica’s Apple Raisin Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup apple sauce (or vegetable oil)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 cups diced peeled apples
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Cream Cheese Icing, recipe below
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, apple sauce (oil), milk, and vanilla. Into a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg; blend into first mixture. Stir in apples, raisins, and walnuts. Pour into greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Spread apple cake with cream cheese icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- ½ - 2 tablespoons Milk, if needed, for desired consistency
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth, adding milk until desired consistency is achieved - should be slightly runny, not thick like traditional frosting.
This was an absolute hit at game night yesterday, and I am sure it will please any crowd with a sweet tooth. Ya’ll come back now, because there are more recipes to come from this good ol’ southern girl!
Check out all of Monica Kennedy's great recipes in her series: Southern Love in Your Tummy