Apple Pound Cake
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (divided)
- 3-¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- ¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
- 2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup canola or any other flavorless oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons rum or brandy
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups baking apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 1-1/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup unsalted butter, chopped
- 1/3 cup honey
- ¼ cup apple cider
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush a 12-cup Bundt or tube pan with vegetable oil and dust with flour. Tap out any excess. Sprinkle about ¼ to 1/3 cup walnuts onto the bottom pan. Set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, apple pie spice, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
- Set mixer speed to medium. Beat together light brown sugar, applesauce, oil, honey, rum or brandy and eggs. Beat for another 2 minutes or until well-blended.
- Remove bowl from mixer. Gradually mix in flour mixture into wet ingredients using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Mix until dry ingredients are just moistened. Fold in remaining walnuts and all of the chopped apples.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer onto a wire rack lined with baking or parchment paper.
- Place sugar, butter, honey, apple cider and milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, with constant stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat.
- Poke warm cake with a skewer and spoon our pour glaze over, allowing any excess to run down the sides of cake. Allow to cool slightly and transfer cake onto a serving dish.
- Alternatively, place warm cake on a serving plate or tray and pour glaze all over. Cut into wedges before serving. Serve either warm or cooled with your favorite ice cream.
- Pound cake recipe can also be baked in two 8.5x4.5x2.5-inch loaf pans or a 14-cup tube pan.
- You can omit the glaze and use your own favorite cake sauce recipe or serve cake warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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