Food & Drink

Grandmother Snook’s Apple Walnut Cake

This recipe/post received so much positive attention from family and friends that I had to repost it on my personal blog. It's been said that my Grandmother Snook only baked her apple walnut cake for special occasions and I can see why. It was delicious! I also want to keep the tradition alive and also reserve it for special occasions. My family however is very impatient!

(Originally posted on 7/31/2016 on my genealogy blog Discovering Family Roots. )

Mildred Snook (nee Swezy) is my grandmother on my dad's side. She was born 1919 and died young at the age of 43 in 1953. About 6 years ago in 2010 I received a letter from my cousin (actually first cousin once removed) who enclosed a few old family recipes. Sometime after that I had misplaced the letter, I was devastated. Even after moving from our old condo into the new house, I still could not find them. Making up the spare room this past July I moved an old photo album and they fell out! I was so excited! I showed my father the Apple Walnut Cake recipe the following week. He hadn't had that cake since he was about 12 years old. It was a cake that she was known for. I knew I was going to have to make it soon.

My grandparents Edward & Mildred (Swezy) Snook
My Grandmother Mildred Snook (Swezy)

This past weekend I finally made it!  I called my dad to check on a few things hoping he would remember, like how big were the chopped apples and what kind of pan did he remember her using.   Once it came out of the oven, I sent a picture to him and it let me know that it was just as he remembered.  Success!  The house smelled wonderful and my husband and daughter both agreed, it was delicious.

My father also said that the walnuts came from an English Walnut tree they had on their property.  It was the only in in Vernon.  Unfortunately that tree is no  longer here, it was in 1967 cut down to make room for the now Minerals Spa.  At that time it was 5ft in diameter.

I've included the recipe in my post.  If you plan on using it, I only ask that you please credit me & my blog in anything you post.  Thanks so much!

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