Apple Cheddar Snack Cake

This cake combines the classic pairing of apples and cheddar into a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, tender cake that’s a perfect snack for chilly autumn afternoons.











1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese

1 small-medium tart apple, peeled and diced

2/3 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x9 square baking dish, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, thyme, and nutmeg. Whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps of brown sugar.
  3. Add grated cheddar cheese to dry ingredients, and stir to coat cheddar. This will help distribute the cheese evenly throughout the batter.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add olive oil and applesauce. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Just before the batter comes together, add diced apples, and stir until incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Scatter chopped walnuts over the top of the batter, and press them in lightly.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F, 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.