Apple, Walnut, and Honey Spice Cake (with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large eggs,at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 & 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. each baking powder and baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups diced, peeled and cored crisp apples (Fuji, Granny smith or Golden Delicious)
  • 1 cup broken Walnuts
  • 1 cup diced dried apricots or golden raisins.
  • Honey Cream Cheese frosting (recipes follows)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions:

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13  pan with non stick spray.

2) In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla for 5 minutes or until light. Slowly beat in honey and oil until well blended.

3) In a separate bowl, Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.  Add flour mixture, Apples, Walnuts, and apricots to egg mixture; Fold together until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35 minutes or until top is set; Cool in pan. Spread with Honey Cream Cheese frosting. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Cut into squares.

Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat 2 (8 oz.each) softened Cream Cheese, 1/2 cup Honey, and 2 tsp. vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Chill until stiff enough to spread.

About Peggy

Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.

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