1 ½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2lb granny smith apples (about 4 large)
Cream Cheese Frosting
Preheat the oven to 350°
Lightly grease a 13 x9 glass baking dish and set aside.
Bake the pecans in a single layer on a cookie sheet for 5-7 minutes, stirring halfway through.
In a medium bowl combine the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the butter mixture. Mix well.
Peel the apples and cut into 1/4" wedges. Add to the flour and butter mixture. Add 1 cup of the pecans. (the batter will be very thick)
Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Spread the frosting over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the remaining pecans.