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Jewish Apple Cake


    A traditional Jewish dessert recipe, my Ema Ljuba would frequently make this apple cake on Friday for Shabbat, and it would stay moist all week long. A parev (kosher) dessert, this cake can be eaten with either meat or dairy. A huge family favorite among all of Ljuba’s seven children and many grandchildren.

    Sliced apple cake.

    Hanukkah is quickly approaching, and with it comes my craving for my Ema Ljuba’s delicious Apple Cake. While she now lives in Israel, and I won’t be able to celebrate the holiday with her, I love how food and family recipes can make us feel close to loved ones even when they are far away. If you aren’t familiar with Apple Cake, it’s a traditional Jewish dessert, and my bubbe’s recipe is the best. I may be biased, but I stand by it!

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    How to Make Apple Cake

    Liz slicing apples

    Start by peeling and thinly slicing your apples. I like to use Granny Smiths for my apple cake.

    Adding cinnamon to apples

    Then put your apples slices in a large bowl, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

    Stirring apples with seasonings

    Give your apples a good toss so they’re evenly coated and set them aside.

    Liz pouring flour in a bowl

    In another large bowl, pour in your flour.

    Liz adding salt to flour

    Then stir in the salt and baking powder.

    Adding sugar to flour

    Finish by mixing in the remaining sugar, and set this bowl aside as well.

    Adding oil to large measuring cup

    In another bowl or a large measuring cup (I prefer a measuring cup), measure out your canola oil.

    Cracking eggs into measuring cup

    Next add the 4 large eggs and vanilla extract.

    Adding orange juice to oil and eggs

    Finish off your wet ingredients with the orange juice.

    A person stirring ingredients

    Whisk it all together until the egg yolks are broken and it’s all incorporated.

    Adding wet ingredients to dry ingredients

    Slowly mix your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

    A person mixing ingredients

    Mix until the flour is fully mixed in. It’ll be a very thick, almost dough like batter.

    A person adding ingredients to a cake pan

    Next, assemble your cake! In your prepared angel food tube pan, pour 1/3 of the batter, and top with 1/2 of the apple slices. Continue with batter, apples, then batter again until it’s all used up.

    adding butter to a cake pan

    Sprinkle the with the brown sugar and remaining flour, and top with your bits and cubes of butter.

    Jewish Apple Cake.

    Bake at 375 for a little over an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve and enjoy!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    When do you eat Apple Cake?

    While it’s a classic for my family during Hanukkah or Shabbat (our sabbath), it’s a delicious dessert that can be enjoyed any time! It doesn’t have any symbolic significance.

    What can I use in place of a tube pan?

    If you have a Bundt pan with minimal embellishments, that can work. Or, you can fake your own angel food pan using this hack.

    I have extra large eggs, how many should I use?

    Here is a great conversion chart to use if you ever aren’t sure how many eggs you should use in a recipe.

    How do I store leftover cake?

    In an airtight container, Apple Cake will be good at room temperature for 3 days, or up to 5 days in the fridge.

    Slice of Apple Cake.

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    Liz serving a slice of Apple Cake.

    This delicious Apple Cake represents warmth and Hanukkah to me, but most importantly, the love of my family. What will it mean to you?

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    Jewish apple cake closeup

    Jewish Apple Cake

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    A traditional Jewish dessert recipe, my Ema Ljuba would frequently make this apple cake on Friday for Shabbat, and it would stay moist all week long. A parev (kosher) dessert, this cake can be eaten with either meat or dairy. A huge family favorite among all of Ljuba’s seven children and many grandchildren.
    PREP: 15 mins
    COOK: 1 hr 15 mins
    TOTAL: 1 hr 30 mins
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    Servings: 16

    Ingredients
     

    • 4 apples (peeled and sliced (such as granny smith))
    • 2 ⅓ cups white sugar (divided)
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup canola oil (or oil of choice)
    • ¼ cup orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ cup flour
    • 4 tablespoons butter (or parev margarine) (cut in small cubes)

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat oven to 375. Grease and flour an angel food tube pan and set aside.
    • Toss apple slices to coat with 1/3 cup of sugar and the cinnamon; set aside.
      apples in a bowl
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, remaining 2 cups of sugar, baking powder and salt.
      salt and flour in a bowl
    • In a third small bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla.
      A person stirring ingredients
    • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
      adding egg to a flour mixture
    • Pour 1/3 of batter into tube pan then layer with 1/2 of the apples. Add in another 1/3 of the batter and layer with remaining apples. Pour in the final 1/3 of the batter on top.
      A person adding ingredients to a cake pan
    • In another small bowl, mix the brown sugar with 1/4 cup remaining flour and sprinkle evenly on top of the cake batter.
    • Dot with butter then bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
      Jewish apple cake closeup

    Recipe Video


    Nutrition

    Serving: 1sliceCalories: 433kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 192mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    2 Comments

    1. Hi there – To clarify – 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour is different from ¼ cup flour? 🤷🏼‍♀️

      Could you teach me the distinction? Thank you very much.

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