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Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes one 9-inch triple layer cake

My mother was an expert pie and cake baker. I might be biased, but her baked goods were the most delicious I ever tasted and most people agreed. This recipe is one of many favorites. Serve apple cake for a family dinner or for a special occasion dessert.

Ingredients

   Cake    Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cake, preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. Sift together the sifted flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, combine apples, nuts and lemon peel. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil and eggs. Beat well with a spoon. Add the mixture of dry ingredients; beat until smooth. Add the apple mixture; stir until well combined. Batter will be thick. Spread evenly into prepared pans. Bake 30-40 minutes or until the tops spring back to the touch or a cake tester inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and return to racks; cool completely.

For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl at medium speed until light and creamy. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until spreading consistency. Spread very thin between cake layers, sides and top. Press coarsely chopped walnuts on side of cake. If you are not serving for several hours, refrigerate until needed.