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Jewish Apple cake with 2 slices and cake garnished with rose petals on platter

The Best Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 90 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Jewish


This Jewish apple cake is chock full of apples and walnuts and a bit of cinnamon. A perfect fall dessert with or without a caramel glaze!


Units Scale

3/4 c oil

1 c sugar

1 c brown sugar

2 large eggs (room temperature)

1 T vanilla extract

3 c flour

1 t salt

1 1/2 t baking soda ot 1 t baking soda in Denver

1 t cinnamon

3 c chopped and peeled apples

1 c chopped walnuts

1/2 c sour cream (optional)

Caramel Glaze (optional)

1 stick salted butter

1/2 c packed brown sugar

1/4 c mmilk , cream or half and half

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 c powdered sugar

1 1/2 t vanilla extract

Apple Cider Powdered Sugar Glaze (Optional)

1 c powdered sugar

1 to 2 T of apple cider


Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl combine 3/4 c neutral oil, 1 c sugar, 1 c brown sugar, 2 large eggs, and 1 T vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Stir together the baking soda, salt, flour and cinnamon. Add to the wet ingredients. Stir until the batter becomes stiff.

Stir in the chopped apples, nuts and sour cream (if using). The batter should be moist, thick and chunky. Add more cinnamon if you’d like.

Using a very well greased tube pan, scrape the batter with a spatula into the tube pan. (A bundt pan can also be used but a tube pan made this pretty easy.)

Bake for 60 minutes or until the cake starts to pull away from the pan and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool on a rack, then turn out onto a plate and remove the tube. When cooled completely, glaze with your choice of glazes or sprinkle with just powdered sugar. I also sprinkled a bit more cinnamon on top.

Caramel Glaze:

Melt together the butter, brown sugar and cream in a medium suacepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Add a pinch of salt.

Remove from heat and with a handheld mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until combine and glossy. This should be pourable.

Pour over cake. It will puddle. Spread if you want. This will set upon standing.

Apple Cider Glaze

Whisk apple cider and powdered sugar together until there are no more lumps. If too thick add another drop of cider. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.