Apple Cake with Creamy Frosting

The creamy frosting on this rich and flavorful apple cake is very special. It makes a thin frosting, but it soaks into the cake as it cools.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1⁄4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup canola oil
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda, divided
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 5 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup buttermilk
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch cake pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside.
  • In large bowl, beat eggs with 3⁄4 cup sugar and brown sugar for 4 minutes. Add oil, melted butter, and 2 teaspoons vanilla and mix.
  • Add the flour, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and salt and beat well; batter will be thick. Fold in the apples and spread in prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center.
  • When cake comes out of oven, make frosting. In large saucepan, mix 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, buttermilk, softened butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda, and then pour over hot cake. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Cool completely.