A moist, lightly spiced cake is layered over fresh apples and topped with cream cheese icing. I love easy to bake and take dessert recipes for parties, picnics and socials.

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
4 cups tart apples

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 9″ x 13″ x 2″ baking pan.

Prepare the cake:
Peel and core the apples; slice thinly and spread into the bottom of your prepared pan. In one bowl, combine the sugar and oil. In another bowl stir together the flour, cinnamon, soda and salt. In a large bowl beat the eggs with a mixer until thick and light. Add the sugar and oil combination to the eggs and continue beating on medium speed until well mixed. Add the flour mixture and beat to mix. Stir in walnuts. Pour the batter over the apples in the pan and spread to cover evenly.

Bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on a wire rack.

Prepare the icing:
Melt the butter. Place the softened cream cheese into a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Beat in the melted butter; then beat in the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Spread the icing over the cooled cake.

For a pretty presentation just before serving garnish each piece with 2 – 3 pieces of thinly sliced fresh apple. Alternate golden and red apple slices for a Thanksgiving theme or green and red for a Yule theme.

To avoid oxidation of the decorative apple slices which leads to browning, slice the apples just before serving. Alternately, you can prepare the slices a few hours in advance by soaking the slices in lemon juice for a moment; remove and store the in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

Store the cake in the refrigerator.

Yield: 12 – 15 servings.

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