The decorative apples in my apartment were looking a little tired. Realizing they had served their purpose of brightening my living room, I decided to put them to good use in sweetening an apple cake. Apple cakes, I have learned, are not technically a Jewish food. However, they are associated with Jewish cooking because they do not include any dairy products, and are therefore a dish that meets the constraints of kashrut for a typical holiday or Shabbat dinner. This is an easy recipe that led to a breezy and uneventful baking experience.
One direction that I added to the original recipe was tossing the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar mixture. It prevented the apples from browning while I made the cake batter and led to sweeter apples. You can check out the recipe here.
So how does the whole experience rank? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “bad” and 5 being “good”:
Prep time: 5
Peel the apples, mix up the cake batter, and you’re good to go.
Overall ease: 5
This was a very stress-free baking experience. I would have had to try very hard to mess this up.
Cook time: 3
I was very concerned about the cake being too dry, so I took it out after 60 minutes. I think it would have tasted even better if I had taken it out at 50 mins.
If you have basic baking materials you won’t need to purchase many items.
This cake was sweet and spongy, but not as moist as I would have preferred.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 5 teaspoons white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 10 inch tube pan. Combine the ground cinnamon and 5 teaspoons of the sugar together and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and 2 cups of the sugar. Stir in the vegetable oil, beaten eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with 1/2 of the sliced apples and sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour the remaining batter over the top and layer the remaining sliced apples and cinnamon sugar.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 70 to 90 minutes.