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.
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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Importance of Eggs
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How to Make Apple Cake
Start by peeling and thinly slicing your apples. I like to use Granny Smiths for my apple cake.
Then put your apples slices in a large bowl, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Give your apples a good toss so they’re evenly coated and set them aside.
In another large bowl, pour in your flour.
Then stir in the salt and baking powder.
Finish by mixing in the remaining sugar, and set this bowl aside as well.
In another bowl or a large measuring cup (I prefer a measuring cup), measure out your canola oil.
Next add the 4 large eggs and vanilla extract.
Finish off your wet ingredients with the orange juice.
Whisk it all together until the egg yolks are broken and it’s all incorporated.
Slowly mix your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Mix until the flour is fully mixed in. It’ll be a very thick, almost dough like batter.
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.
Sprinkle the with the brown sugar and remaining flour, and top with your bits and cubes of butter.
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.
More Jewish Recipes
- Classic Matzo Ball Soup
- Shabbat Challah Bread
- Potato Latkes
- Beef Brisket with Onion Soup Mix
- Charoset (Apple and Walnut Salad)
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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
- 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)
- 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.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, remaining 2 cups of sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a third small bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla.
- Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- 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.
- 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.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by America’s egg farming families, who are proud to provide safe, healthy eggs for holiday celebrations around the world. Thoughts are my own.