Apple Cake with Maple-Walnut Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Pippin apples (about 2 medium), peeled, cored, diced
  • 1/4 cup water

    • 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 cup dried currants
    • 1 cup walnuts (about 4 ounces), toasted, chopped

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon brandy
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 4 large eggs

    For frosting
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
    • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

    • 2 cups walnuts, toasted, chopped

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