Grandma’s Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze

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I dug into my family recipe box to share this dessert with you – my Grandma’s Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze. This cake is tender, studded with loads of apples and walnuts and it is topped with the most glorious crinkly cinnamon glaze! Thanks for supporting Shaken Together and allowing me to share recipes with you though sponsored partnerships with trusted brands like McCormick®

I dug into my family recipe box for this dessert - my Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze! This cake is tender, studded with tons of apples and walnuts and is topped with the most glorious cinnamon glaze!

Most of my food memories center around my grandma. Summer was just not Summer without her strawberry shortcake. And many days, I sat on the same stool that my mom sat on a kid eating her cucumber salad out of avocado green bowls. Her chicken salad? Is legendary. Waldo burgers. Brats & Sauerkraut. Hawaiian Rice Pudding. This list goes on and on. Needless to say, she is my foodie inspiration!

Grandma’s Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze

My Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze is tender, studded with fruit and nuts and is topped with the most delicious cinnamon glaze!

This is one of the few ‘from scratch’ cakes here at Shaken Together. If I don’t default to a box mix, then you know that this is a treasured, tried and true recipe. Just like I know any recipe written in grandma’s sloping script is going to be delicious, I know that McCormick spices are going to deliver on quality and flavor in my kitchen. Those iconic red lids have been in our family’s pantries for as long as I can remember. For this classic family holiday recipe, both the batter and the glaze get that warm comforting taste of cinnamon thanks to McCormick Ground Cinnamon.

Can you just smell that warm comforting fragrance of cinnamon? It is in the batter and glaze of my Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze!

Can’t you almost smell it?! The spicy fragrance of cinnamon, the sound of my grandma cutting apples and plunking them into a bowl from the blade of her paring knife, the feel of a nubby rag rug under my feet in her kitchen … those are the memories that come to mind when I bake something that I know came from her home.

I mean, just look at this apple and walnut studded batter … you can see the rich brown flecks of cinnamon and loads and loads of fruit and nuts. This has holiday baking written allllll over it!

Just look at that cinnamon flecked batter just bursting with apples and walnuts! My Grandma's apple cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze does not disappoint!

This cake bakes up all golden brown with nooks and crannies for the cinnamon crackle glaze to settle into …

This baked beauty is the beginning of my Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze!

You heard that right. This cake does not get all dolled up with a thick frosting. Nope. There is a simple cook and pour cinnamon glaze that gets poured right over the warm cake. Oh, this is my favorite part!

Grandma's Apple Cake is topped with a quick cook and pour cinnamon glaze that creates the most glorious crackle once it cools!

Once cooled, that glaze is going to crackle the second your fork hits it …

Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze - this glazed cake is an easy from scratch cake with a quick cook and pour glaze!

If you can wait for it to cool, that is. That’s probably my least favorite part ;)

My Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze is tender, studded with fruit and nuts and is topped with the most delicious cinnamon glaze!

Grandma’s Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups apples, diced
  • For the glaze
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla extract

Instructions

    For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. With a hand mixer or in the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together sugars, eggs and oil until well blended.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in apples and nuts.
  6. Pour the batter into baking pan. (It will be thick with the apples and nuts very visible.)
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. For the glaze
  9. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir or whisk together all ingredients.
  10. Allow glaze to thicken slightly - stirring frequently - and pour it over the warm cake.
  11. Use a spatula to quickly and gently, spread the glaze over the surface of the cake.
  12. Allow cake to cool, then slice and serve.

Notes

A quick tip: Since the cake and glaze have similar ingredients, measure the ingredients for the glaze right into your saucepan as you measure them for the cake.

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Trust me when I say that one piece of Grandma’s Apple Cake will not be enough. And vanilla (or even butter pecan) ice cream is highly recommended!

My Grandma's Apple Cake with Cinnamon Crackle Glaze is tender, studded with fruit and nuts and is topped with the most delicious cinnamon glaze!

A BIG thanks to our friends at McCormick® for sponsoring this post at Shaken Together!

Comments

  1. Oh YUM Keri! This sounds absolutely wonderful, and the images!? Omg… I think it’s my favorite YET!

    • I just have such a ‘thing’ for my grandma’s classic, tried & true recipes … so it makes it really fun to snap pictures to share it with the world :) Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

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