Easy Apple Spice Cake

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apple-spice-cake

Serves 10- 12
1-2/3 cups crushed cinnamon graham crackers (about 9 whole crackers)
10 tablespoons (1-1/4 sticks) unsalted margarine, melted and divided
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (scant) salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 6-ounce Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/3 inch cubes
1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, or other nut,( nuts are optional)
3 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Mix graham crackers, 6 tablespoons margarine, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in medium bowl. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared dish. Bake crust until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and allspice in medium bowl; blend well. Using electric mixer, beat 4 tablespoons melted margarine, 1 cup brown sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla in large bowl until mixture is blended and thick, about 4 minutes. Beat in flour mixture. Fold in apples and walnuts. Spoon batter over crust. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons sugar. Bake cake until golden brown and firm to touch in center, about 38 minutes. Cool cake completely in dish. Cut into squares and serve.

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