Apple Walnut Cognac Cake

I call this my "Adult Poke Cake." I made this cake for a good friend who adores cognac and it went over really well. Yes, you can really taste the cognac here, especially because it's topped with a cognac brown butter. The juices from the apples keep it nice and moist, while the cooked down nuts have a fantastic texture. Happy baking!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 16 servings



  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and line a 10 inch pan with parchment paper. I used an 7 inch and a mini pan so I could have two cakes.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together oil, butter, cognac, vanilla and eggs.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Blend well.
  5. Give the walnuts a good chopping.
  6. Fold nuts into cake batter.
  7. Pour batter into pan(s). Lay the apples around the perimeter, leaving the middle of the cake exposed.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 50 to 60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool 15 minutes before removing from pan(s).
  9. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook butter until light golden brown.
  10. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar.
  11. Whisk in cognac.
  12. Poke the top of the cake several times with a skewer or toothpick.
  13. Spoon the brown butter on top.

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January 14, 20190 found this helpful

This cake looks so good and I love the presentation, yum!! :)

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January 15, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks Michelle! I recently took one to a party and this one guest kept cutting at it and cutting at it until it was a thin slice with crumbs around it. Risky of him, but flattering for me :D

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