Apple Walnut Cognac Cake

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Apple Walnut Cognac Cake on plateI 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. lining pan with parchment paper
  3. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. dry ingredients in bowl

  5. In another bowl, whisk together oil, butter, cognac, vanilla and eggs.
  6. whisking wet ingredients
  7. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Blend well.
  8. adding wet to dry ingredients
  9. Give the walnuts a good chopping.
  10. chopping walnuts
  11. Fold nuts into cake batter.
  12. blending walnuts into batter
  13. Pour batter into pan(s). Lay the apples around the perimeter, leaving the middle of the cake exposed.
  14. lining top of cake with apple slices on Cake

  15. 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).
  16. baked Apple Walnut Cognac Cake in pan
  17. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook butter until light golden brown.
  18. cooking butter in pan
  19. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar.
  20. whisking powdered sugar with cooked butter
  21. Whisk in cognac.
  22. adding cognac to butter and sugar

  23. Poke the top of the cake several times with a skewer or toothpick.
  24. poking with wooden skewers into Apple Walnut Cognac Cake
  25. Spoon the brown butter on top.
  26. spooning brown butter on cake

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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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