Greek Apple, Walnut, and Orange Juice Cake

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I present to you a recipe for an absolutely stunning cake. I’m not exaggerating, I promise. As my confession, I often say in the comments that I don’t eat my pies, just try a small piece to have an idea of what I created. But this cake… truth be told, I ate THREE PIECES: for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!!! That’s how good it is :-)))

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Greek Apple, Walnut, and Orange Juice Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 large green apple (tart or tart-sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (added by me)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions

Prepare all the ingredients to have everything at hand.

For this amount of juice, I needed 1.5 medium-sized oranges. Grate the zest from 1 orange, which should yield about 1 tablespoon. Squeeze the juice.

Cut the apple into 4 pieces, remove the core, peel, and dice it into small cubes. Put them in a bowl and mix with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Crush the walnuts in a blender or with a mortar and pestle, but don’t overdo it. There should be small, noticeable pieces left.

Sift the flour together with the baking powder. Preheat the oven to 347°F (175°C).

In a large deep bowl, mix vegetable oil with sugar. Then add the eggs.

Beat them into a homogeneous fluffy mass. Mix in the orange zest.

Gradually add the sifted flour with baking powder and orange juice, alternating each addition, while beating the batter with a mixer each time.

Finally, add the walnuts and apples, and mix the batter with a spoon.

Grease a special loaf pan with butter and lightly dust it with flour, shaking off any excess. Pour in the batter, level it, and place it in the oven for about 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out dry.

Mine took 1 hour and 10 minutes to bake. Remove the cake from the oven and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.

Carefully remove the cake from the pan by flipping it onto a plate. When the cake cools down, dust it with powdered sugar.

Greek Apple, Walnut, and Orange Juice Cake

This cake is absolutely delightful: fluffy, airy, tender, and incredibly aromatic. The apples are hardly noticeable as they seem to dissolve in the batter, but the walnuts provide a pleasant crunch. The aroma is simply sensational: apple, walnut, orange… I can’t even say which one prevails.

Greek Apple, Walnut, and Orange Juice Cake

Make sure to bake this cake, you won’t regret it!

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