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Jewish Apple Cake

Updated on October 5, 2013

Jewish Apple Cake

5 stars from 2 ratings of jewish apple cake

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My grandmother handed down this recipe to me. This cake is very dense but delicious. I get compliments on it every time I make it. It takes a little longer than most cakes to prep and bake but it is worth it. I like it with a cup of coffee for breakfast or as an after dinner dessert. It is popular with my family during Christmas and Easter but anytime is a good time for this cake.

I highly recommend taking the extra time to coat your pan with butter and then flour. I will put a few pictures at the bottom of the article to explain why I am recommending this. Because of its’ denseness this cake sometimes sticks to the pan. For me, usual cooking sprays do not work. If you have a brand new nice bundt pan then you might be alright. My pan is a bit old so I do it the old fashioned way.

If your cake does stick, don’t worry about the taste. The taste is phenomenal. It just may not be as pretty as you would like it to be.

If this cake is done right, it will have a sweet and crunchy outside crust and a moist center. I recommend the granny smith apple because it offers a nice tart flavor to the cake. The only other apple I would go with would be the pink lady. Both of these apples are tart and crisp and are excellent to cook with.

Depending on the size of your apples you may have some leftover. At the bottom of this page, I will tell you what you can do with them.

If you take the time and follow all of the instructions you will enjoy a beautiful and delicious cake, that most people have never tried. I wish you the best and your taste buds will thank me.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: 10-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Oil
  • 4 unbeaten Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 2-4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar

Detailed Instructions

  1. Butter and flour your bundt pan.
  2. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. If you have a convection oven, I highly recommend turning it to convect.
  3. In a large bowl combine your ingredients in the following order. Add flour, sugar, oil, eggs, salt, juice, vanilla, and baking powder.
  4. Mix on low speed for 3 minutes or by hand until completely mixed. This batter will be very thick. Set batter aside.
  5. Peel and thinly slice your apples.
  6. In a smaller bowl combine your apples with your 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and your 1 tbsp. of sugar.
  7. Add a small amount of batter to your bundt pan. Spread it around.
  8. Add a layer of apples. You can just dump or if you are a little ocd like myself, neatly array them.
  9. Add another layer of batter and spread to cover your apples.
  10. Add another layer of apples.
  11. Add your final layer of batter and spread until apples are covered.
  12. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. It will take this long even on convect. If you are worried just test it with a toothpick. This is a slow cook cake.
  13. When your timer goes of, remove your cake and let it cool in your pan. This could take 1-2 hours.
  14. When it is cool, flip the pan and tap your cake out. Enjoy!

Detailed instruction in pictures

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Butter your bundt pan.Flour your pan.Here are your ingredients.Add sugar and flour.Add oil.Add eggs.Add salt.Add orange juice.Add vanilla.Add baking powder.You are now ready to mix.Your mix is done.Peel your apples.Thinly slice your apples.Add sugar.Add your cinnamon.Stir.Get ready to layer into pan.First layer your batter.Then add your apples.Cover with another layer of batter.Add another layer of apples.Finish off with the remainder of your batter.Pull out of oven after 1 1/2 hours and let cool in pan.It makes a beautiful centerpiece.Lovely!Yummy!
Butter your bundt pan.
Butter your bundt pan.
Flour your pan.
Flour your pan.
Here are your ingredients.
Here are your ingredients.
Add sugar and flour.
Add sugar and flour.
Add oil.
Add oil.
Add eggs.
Add eggs.
Add salt.
Add salt.
Add orange juice.
Add orange juice.
Add vanilla.
Add vanilla.
Add baking powder.
Add baking powder.
You are now ready to mix.
You are now ready to mix.
Your mix is done.
Your mix is done.
Peel your apples.
Peel your apples.
Thinly slice your apples.
Thinly slice your apples.
Add sugar.
Add sugar.
Add your cinnamon.
Add your cinnamon.
Stir.
Stir.
Get ready to layer into pan.
Get ready to layer into pan.
First layer your batter.
First layer your batter.
Then add your apples.
Then add your apples.
Cover with another layer of batter.
Cover with another layer of batter.
Add another layer of apples.
Add another layer of apples.
Finish off with the remainder of your batter.
Finish off with the remainder of your batter.
Pull out of oven after 1 1/2 hours and let cool in pan.
Pull out of oven after 1 1/2 hours and let cool in pan.
It makes a beautiful centerpiece.
It makes a beautiful centerpiece.
Lovely!
Lovely!
Yummy!
Yummy!

This is what could happen if you just spray your pan.

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This is using cooking spray.The top layer on one side stuck.
This is using cooking spray.
This is using cooking spray.
The top layer on one side stuck.
The top layer on one side stuck.

Why do I need to butter and flour my pan?

I strongly encourage you to take the time to butter and flour your cake pan. If you just spray your pan this is what may happen. I also recommend letting your cake cool inside the pan before removing. This, I repeat, will have no effect on the flavor but will only affect your cakes’ appearance.

I have leftover apples that I don't want to waste.

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What do I do with leftover apples?Place in a small oven safe dish and top with butter.Cover with aluminum foil.Place in your oven with your cake. Bake at 325 degrees.This is what I call a side yummy.
What do I do with leftover apples?
What do I do with leftover apples?
Place in a small oven safe dish and top with butter.
Place in a small oven safe dish and top with butter.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Place in your oven with your cake. Bake at 325 degrees.
Place in your oven with your cake. Bake at 325 degrees.
This is what I call a side yummy.
This is what I call a side yummy.

What do I do if I have leftover apples?

Sometimes I have leftover apples. I like to put them in a small oven safe dish and bake them with my cake. I add some butter to the top and I cover them with aluminum foil. They make a fun and tasty treat for the kids. They need to bake as long as your cake. So just place them inside your oven with your cake and remove when your cake is finished. Enjoy!

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    • joycampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy Campbell 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the comment. My mother was the same way about wasting food. My kids really like the cinnamon apples so it works out well. The apple cake is one of my favorite cakes to eat. I used to love it when my grandmother made it.

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      idigwebsites 

      4 years ago from United States

      I love what you did for your leftovers. Yes we shouldn't waste food. I'm told by my mother that farmers work hard to grow produce so it's flagrant if we waste it. I kind of agreed with it.

      Thanks for your step-by-step instructions with pictures! Your apple cake looks yummy indeed.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds yummy and you have explained everything beautifully with pictures. Well done and thanks for sharing the details!

      And I loved the idea of using leftover apples as well. We should not waste food. Voted up!

    • Crystal Tatum profile image

      Crystal Tatum 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this. Voting up and more and sharing.

    • joycampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy Campbell 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thank you for the link. That is really nice.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      Ahhh…apples. :) Thanks for sharing your family's recipe. It looks like a simple fresh apple cake, and yum! :) Linking to my apple dumpling hub and pinning to Ways w/ Food: Desserts

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