Classic Kosher Apple Cake (Parve)

Apple Cake
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Ratings (13)
  • Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
512 Calories
25g Fat
69g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 512
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 4g
Calcium 120mg 9%
*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.)

This company-worthy cake, with its layers of cinnamon-laced apples, is a classic example of the dessert dubbed Jewish Apple Cake. Food historians and writers have surmised that the name likely refers to the fact that the cake is made with oil and orange juice instead of butter and milk, which makes it the perfect pareve follow-up to a festive meat meal. For Ohio caterers Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer, this was always a customer favorite. 

Giora Shimoni's mother-in-law, "an excellent baker," makes a strikingly similar cake, but her recipe calls for 3 to 4 peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples, and the batter is enhanced with 2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 apples, sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C). Grease a tube pan with a removable bottom. In a small bowl, mix 3/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla and beat until smooth.

  3. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the cinnamon sugar. Arrange half of the apples over the batter, then sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.

  4. Repeat the layering process with the rest of the batter, half of the cinnamon sugar, the apples, and the remaining cinnamon sugar

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the cake is firm and golden, and a tester comes out clean. In some ovens this cake takes close to 2 hours to bake; if it is not ready after an hour and a half, test in 10- to 15-minute increments until it has finished baking. Transfer to a rack to cool.

  6. To serve the cake, run an offset spatula or thin knife between the cake and the pan to loosen. Carefully remove the outside of the pan, run the spatula between the bottom of the pan and the cake, then invert over a plate (the cake will be bottom-side up). Place a serving platter on the bottom of the cake, then carefully flip the cake while holding both plates. The cake will now be right side (apple side) up; remove the top plate and serve.