Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is called a "mystery" because it's difficult to decide whether it's a cake, pudding, or pie. I happen to love all three, so it's no mystery why I love this comfort food. One bonus is that the cake part does not contain any butter/shortening, so have another piece!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9 inch pie pan.
  3. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and dash of cinnamon.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and eggs.
  5. Add apples and walnuts and mix well.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until browned and firm to the touch.
  7. Hard Sauce:.
  8. In small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and beat at high speed of mixer (or Kitchen Aid).
  9. Shape into 2 inch thick roll and wrap in plastic wrap.
  10. Refrigerate until firm.
  11. To serve, cut hard sauce into slices and top each serving of dessert with one.
Most Helpful

4 5

This was very good. I also would not know how to classify it. This was great warmed up with vanilla ice cream and the hard sauce. The hard sauce was very much like a frosting that I would be very tempted to use on other things. I loved the slight cinnamon taste it had.

5 5

Delicious! I don't know what to call it either, kind of a cakey cobbler? In any event, we really enjoyed this dessert. The hard sauce was wonderfully different, a sweet compliment to the apple dessert that makes it a bit fancier. Quick to put together, too. Thanks, Roxygirl, for a great recipe!