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Apple-Walnut Mosaic Coffee Cake Recipe

Total Time: Under 2 Hours
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Apple-Walnut Mosaic Coffee Cake

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

A brown sugar batter cloaks chunky apples, dried cranberries, and walnuts to create a decorative fruit cake that is particularly moist. This cake keeps nicely for 4 to 5 days when refrigerated.

Yield: Makes one 10-inch tube cake serves 12 to 16

  • 1¼ cups (5 ounces) walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil, or 1/3 cup walnut oil and 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large Gala, Granny Smith, Winesap, or other tart apples, peeled, cored, and diced (about 6 cups)
  • 1¼ cups dried cranberries
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

Place the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted; let cool.

In a small bowl, combine the whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir well to blend. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla and beat with a whisk or an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture just until blended. Stir in the apples, cranberries, and toasted nuts. The batter will be stiff. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cake is richly browned and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then unmold right side up on a wire rack. If desired, dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar shaken through a sieve. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, cut into slices.

© 2006 Lou Seibert Pappas

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 16. Nutritional information does not include Confectioners' sugar for dusting.

318kcal (16%)
58mg (6%)
3mg (6%)
11mcg RAE (0%)
26mg (9%)
198mg (8%)
1g (7%)
16g (24%)
1mg (7%)

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