Mom's Recipe Notebook | Apple & Walnut Cake


16oz plain yogurt

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups of sugar

4 cups of flour

6 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp cinnamon

4 shredded gala apples

1 cup chopped walnuts


My verdict for this recipe was fail but my generous significant other and a few friends are surprisingly passionate about convincing me it was beyond great. So, if you like apple and cakes that are not too sweet, this is a great fit for you!


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine yogurt and baking powder. Then slowly beat in sugar until well combined. Next, add flour and oil until well combined as well. Once all ingredients have a consistent texture, add cinnamon and shredded apples. I made sure I squeezed out as much water out of those apples as I could before mixing them in. Once you pour into an 11" baking pan, sprinkle with walnuts on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean! 

My Guesses / Oopses

  • Amount of yogurt - the recipe calls for a "jar of yogurt" which is rather vague.... I eyeballed it to about 16oz. I think it worked but it could probably take a bit less than that.
  • Types of apples and amount of apples - I think the apples my mom used are rather tiny. American apples are GARGANTUAN. In addition, Bulgarian apples are typically golden or red delicious which is what I assume my mom used. I picked up gala... so I am not sure what switching up the apples would do.. 
  • When to add cinnamon - in fact, I completely forgot until I was about ready to stick the cake in the oven. How to fix that? Just sprinkle it all over! I am sure this did not help the taste. But it certainly made it look good!

To summarize, I'd call this recipe a miss with potential. So far, we are 1 : 1 in this challenge. For next week, I am determined to make baklava. I just have to run an extra 10 miles in preparation... that should do it, right?

Posted on January 24, 2015 and filed under Test Kitchen.