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- 1⁄3 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 cups apples, peeled and diced
- cream cheese frosting
- 3 ounces fat free cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon light butter
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, or until they are lightly browned.
- Remove the nuts from the oven and set aside.
- Watch them carefully, as they burn easily.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar, applesauce, egg, egg white, canola oil and vanilla and mix well.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Fold in the apples and toasted walnuts.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- (It will seem like there are more apples than batter, but that's the way it's supposed to look.) Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a rack.
- While the cake is baking, make the frosting.
- Combine the cream cheese, light butter and powdered sugar in a bowl and blend until smooth.
- When the cake is completely cool, spread the frosting evenly over the top.