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This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. This easy apple cake recipe is our family’s favorite. Be sure to grab a slice of this perfect fall dessert before it’s all gone.

This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. It features a crunchy apple cinnamon topping Be sure to grab a slice before it's all gone. #jewishapplecake #applecake #applerecipe
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It’s apple season here at Russo’s! Along with pumpkins and gourds, apples are synonymous with fall.  It’s a wonderful time of year. We grow 20 acres of apples here on our farm and 14 different varieties including popular favorites such as Gala, Stayman Winesap, Red Delicious and Fuji (my favorite).

This traditional Jewish Apple Cake is a family favorite. It is a delicious cake that you can make any time of the year. My mom has been making this recipe since I was little. I love apple dessert recipes.

Lucky for me, our house sits right in the middle of one of our apple orchards. So, I am lucky enough to be able to walk out the front door and swipe an apple or two. If you are planning on apple picking with your family, save a few of those beauties for this easy apple recipe.

Fun fact: Did you know that an apple tree takes three years from the time it is planted to produce an apple?

Apples and baking go hand in hand. I always find myself baking more during the fall and winter months. I find it very comforting.

What is a Jewish Apple Cake?

A Jewish Apple Cake is a dense cake made with fresh apples. This fresh Apple Cake is very popular in the Philadelphia area where I live. It is thought that this cake originated from Poland.

Jewish Apple Cake is considered pareve for those who follow the restrictions of a Kosher diet. This is because this moist apple cake is made without any dairy products. So this delicious apple cake can be enjoyed after a meat meal since the Jewish dietary laws prohibit mixing meat and milk.

This easy apple cake is often served during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). Apples represent a sweet New Year.

What Are The Best Apples To Bake With? Which Baking Apple Should I Use?

Here are some apple varieties that you can bake with. I like to mix the varieties of apples to add more depth of flavor to the recipe. Any variety or combination of apples listed below are the best apples for Jewish Apple Cake.

  • Stayman Winesap
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp
  • Cameo
  • Rome
  • Jonagold
  • Fuji
  • Braeburn

What ingredients do I need to make a Jewish Apple Cake

As I mentioned above, this is a dairy-free cake (pareve). So you will not find any milk products or butter in this dense apple cake.

  • Fresh Apples (I love to mix the varieties, but use whatever is fresh at your local farmers market.
  • Orange Juice
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract

How To Make A Classic Jewish Apple Cake

Tips 1:

It’s packed with Russo’s fresh-picked apples and easy to make. I like to make it for a weeknight dessert or to bring to a party or get together. Here is how it’s made.

The Best Jewish Apple Cake

You’ll need an angel food pan for this cake. Grease and flour the tube pan thoroughly.

Tip 2:

Next, you’ll need to peel six apples.I like to mix apple varieties when I bake. It adds a delicious depth to the flavor of the recipe. For this cake, I used Cortland and Gala apples.

Baking Tip: Check your local farmers’ market for utility apples or seconds. They have bumps and bruises on them but are perfect for baking. And they are a lot cheaper too.

The Best Jewish Apple Cake

Tip 3:

Slice the applesand combine with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Sift flour,sugar, baking powder and salt together and pour in a large mixing bowlAdd the liquid ingredients and mix just until incorporated.

Who wants to lick the beater?

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Tip 4:

Pour half of the cake batter in the prepared pan. This is a thick batter. Layerhalf of the apple slices and sprinkle half of the remaining cinnamon sugar over top. Repeat once more with the remaining batter and remaining sliced apples.

This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. It features a crunchy apple cinnamon topping Be sure to grab a slice before it's all gone. #jewishapplecake #applecake #applerecipe

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about one hour and twenty minutes. Let cool completely in the pan and when it’s finished…you won’t be disappointed.

The sweet Jersey Fresh apples, combined with the moist cake are the perfect combination. The cake also has a tasty crunchy topping with a combination of crispy baked apples, cinnamon sugar mixture.

Serve as is or with a scoop of vanillaice cream. It’s Jersey Fresh at its best. I hope you enjoy this favorite recipe.

Must-Have Kitchen Essentials To Make This Jewish Apple Cake

These items are helpful to have in your kitchen when making this Jewish Apple Cake recipe

Mixer

Tube Pan

Apple Paring Knife

Oven Mitts

Spatula

Cutting Board

This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. It features a crunchy apple cinnamon topping Be sure to grab a slice before it's all gone. #jewishapplecake #applecake #applerecipe

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This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. It features a crunchy apple cinnamon topping Be sure to grab a slice before it's all gone. #jewishapplecake #applecake #applerecipe
This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. It features a crunchy apple cinnamon topping Be sure to grab a slice before it's all gone. #jewishapplecake #applecake #applerecipe
Yield: 16

The Best Jewish Apple Cake

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
This Jewish Apple Cake recipe is moist and packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. This dense dairy-free apple cake features a crunchy apple cinnamon topping Be sure to grab a slice before it’s all gone.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 apples, peeled and sliced

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9.5-inch tube pan and set aside.
  2. Peel and slice 6 large apples, set aside.
  3. In small bowl, combine 3/4 of sugar and cinnamon. Mix together.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar and cinnamon mixture to the sliced apples. Stir to coat and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, 2 cups of sugar, salt, and baking powder together.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the orange juice, oil, eggs and vanilla, Beat until incorporated.
  7. Pour half of the batter in a greased tube pan. Spread half of the apple mixture over the batter and sprinkle with half of the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  8. Add the remaining mixture to the pan and top with the rest of the apples. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
  9. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow cake to cool completely before removing from the tube pan.

Notes

Jewish Apple Cake is a dense cake. This cake can take up to 1 hour and 15 minutes to bake.

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57 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      I was given this recipe back in the 60’s when we were stationed in Spain by a M/Sgt’s wife. Misplaced it along with a note book of other recipes in one of our moves. Actually the whole box of kitchen things was lost. I am so thankful you posted this and I ran across this on Pinterest.
      Have looked for ages for this. It is absolutely delicious. Again THANK YOU!

    1. This is my first time making this cake I baked for clients on a regular basis as well as I cook meals for them this cake is absolutely amazing my neighbor behind me ordered 3 more for friends and family members I cant thank u enough I hope u can hear us clapping and giving u praise thank u again ????????????

  1. Looks and sounds delicious. I’m curious/interested about the inclusion of orange juice. It’s funny, I grew up in MA and live in NY now, so we’re not that far away, but you mentioned two apples I’ve never heard of before – Stayman and Winesap. My favorite snacking apples are Macoun, but for baking, I usually like to use a mix for texture/flavor. Do you use one particular apples for this, or it depends what you have handy at the time? [#PinItThurs]

    1. Hi – Thanks for your questions. The orange juice in the recipe adds moisture and a wonderful flavor. Stayman Winesap is a variety of apples that we grow here on our farm. They are tart and crisp. When baking, I prefer to use a mix of apples. I think mixing different varieties gives the recipe a depth of flavor.

  2. Now thats a tall lovely cake! Ive read other similar jewish or yiddish cakes that have ricotta cheese in them. I know the orange flavor must take this cake over the top. You are so right about using a variety of apples as it should be done when making good pie. My Q is- How long does the baked cake need to sit in the pan before turning it out on a plate? I dont want it to fall apart. Thank you!

    1. Lisa – you will need to let the cake cool completely before removing it from the pan. I have learned from experience that it needs to be cool.

      1. So you don’t just let it cool
        10 or 15 minutes in the pan, you let it cool completely to room temperature. I have had so many of these cakes fall apart getting them out of the pan. They taste yum, but not so pretty. Do you use a non stick pan?

  3. Thank you for this recipe! Made it for our Rosh Hashana holiday and my parents and kids said it was the best one I ever made! Did drizzle a little honey on the top before serving just to give it a little extra.

  4. hi melissa i just want to know if emails with recipes are for fee if i sibscribe many thanks susanne

  5. 5 stars
    Looks so good, When kids were small we went apple picking every year and I made plenty of apple pies but this looks great. Going to definitely make it….as soon as I get some apples!

  6. This says 1 cup of o.j . Batter looked think. In oven now, just checking if it is correct or should be 1/2 cup of our. Thanks

    1. I am going to make this Cake tomorrow . It looks yummy but this recipe calls for more Flour (4cups) than the others I have looked at. All the others call for 2 3/4 or 3 cups of Flour. Wanted to make sure this was correct. Thanks for your input. I can’t wait to try it.

  7. I used Stevia instead of sugar and put it into a 9×13 pan. We had just moved and can’t find angel food pan or bunt pan, hope it comes out! Will know in least than a hour!

  8. I’m making this now. It’s been 1 hour and ten mins. The cake looks amazing! However, it’s still not done. The knife came out all wet with batter still. Had to cover the top of the cake as it’s starting to darken. Has anyone else had to cook this cake longer? I hope I dont ruin it.

  9. I’m making this now. It’s been 1 hour and ten mins. The cake looks amazing! However, it’s still not done. The knife came out all wet with batter still. Had to cover the top of the cake as it’s starting to darken. Has anyone else had to cook this cake longer? I hope I dont ruin it.

    1. Mine is in the oven now and I checked it at 1 hour and 10 minutes and it’s still not done. Other recipes say to leave it in for 1 hour 40 minutes so that’s what I’ll aim for.

  10. 5 stars
    Have made this recipe twice . The first time I used whatever apples were on sale and the cake came out well . The second time I used Granny Smith apples and the results were fantastic! Whatever apple you prefer, this is an excellent recipe and will remain on my list of go to desserts. Thank you!

      1. Could you substitute it with butter? I only have olive oil and I don’t imagine that would fit very well.

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Way back in 1980 my wife and I had just started dating prior to Christmas. She wanted to make me something for Christmas that she thought I would like and so she decided to make a Jewish apple cake, something her family had grown up eating but I had never had prior to this time. I love the cake that she made for me as well as her desire to make something that I would like and I actually asked her to marry me only a few months later. She used to always joke that I was marrying her only because of her apple cake I of course knew it was something more than just that. As the years went by there were a few more times that she would make the cake just to make it for whatever reason and I always enjoyed looking forward to eating it when she did. Eight years ago however due to some medical mistakes we lost her as well as the continued making of the apple cakes. Although I had seen the recipe she used in a homemade cookbook a while back I was not sure where it was and with the recent passing of my mother I received a fruit basket that had several apples in it. Not knowing what to do all those apples I thought that it might be a good idea to try to make a Jewish apple cake in honor of the anniversary of her passing so I looked online to find a recipe and found yours. I decided to go ahead and make it and was able to have it done without any problems and it was as good as if not better as the ones that she had made all these many years.

  12. I’d like to make this cake but I’m planning on shipping it from New York to Colorado which will take about five days. Do you think it will arrive fresh or it does not have that long shelf life.

  13. Forty years ago when I first met my wife she baked me a Jewish Apple Cake for Christmas only a few weeks after we had started dating. She of course won my heart and continued baking them until her passing a few years ago. Last year I was craving a piece of the cake I had grown to love but was unable to find her recipe so I did a search on the internet and the first recipe that sounded a lot like hers was yours so I tried it out. I don’t know if all the recipes out there are similar or not but I am now about to use it for the fourth time in two years and have just now read your blog or whatever it is that mentioned the Jersey Fresh Apples. Being from South Jersey that phrase goes along with just about anything you would pick up at any of the local roadside produce stands so it didn’t really make me realize that you are in South Jersey as well. Who knows maybe the recipe she had that had come from a local Salem County church cookbook was the same one that you posted and has continued on through the years to many other places. The recipe is a really good one and easy to follow so thank you for posting it so I could use it to bring back memories of a time that was worth remembering.

  14. Thank you for this great recipe, I made it one and my family loved it, and plan to make it again tomorrow to treat our guests! Merci from France!

  15. I always have trouble when I make a Jewish apple cake. I can never get it done all the way through. What am I doing wrong?

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