Adaptable Shabbat Torte (Parve)

Apple torte
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  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • leave margarine out to soften: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
244 Calories
10g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 244
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 69mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Our cousin from Minneapolis, who regularly hosts Shabbos meals for large crowds, has become reliant on this Adaptable Shabbat Torte lately. Meryll claims that once you get the hang of the cake, you can make it on autopilot in less than 10 minutes (if you've remembered to leave out the margarine to soften). Another plus is that everyone is very likely to have the ingredients for this kosher Shabbos cake on hand--a big plus for those averse to last minute shopping. Furthermore, you can change the fruit used in the recipe each week so no one will ever get tired of the cake.


  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or 1/2 cup stick margarine, softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint blueberries (or 12 plums, halved or 12 apricots, halved or 3 to 4 apples, sliced or 3 to 4 peaches, sliced or a mixture of these fruits)
  • Garnish: lemon juice to taste
  • Garnish: ​cinnamon to taste
  • Garnish: sugar to taste

Steps to Make It

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
2. Spray a 9" spring form (8" can also work) with non-stick cooking spray.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream cream oil (or margarine) and sugar. Blend in eggs.
4. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to the cake batter.
5. Place batter in the spring form pan.
6. Cover the batter with fruit.
7. Sprinkle top with lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar according to taste.
8. Bake @350 for 1 hour.

Serving Suggestions: Serve topped with pareve whipped cream or pareve ices (lemon or coconut ices go especially well).

Note: You can use frozen and canned fruit instead of fresh fruit. However, drain them and add a Tbsp. of flour to the topping with the canned and frozen fruit to absorb the juices.