Jewish Apple Cake

Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

By the D23 Team

Our new Jewish Apple Cake recipe will be a delicious addition to any gathering with friends and family this Hanukkah! (For the younger set, make sure to have adult supervision—and have your parents do any cutting or chopping. Safety first during the holidays!)


Apple Ingredients

  • 6 medium apples (Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples)
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 11/2 tsp cinnamon

Cake Ingredients

  • 23/4 cups of all-purpose flour - sifted
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar

Special Equipment

  • Tube or bundt cake pan


Preheat oven to 350°

Step 1:
Prepare the apples.

  • Peel, core, and cut the apples into thin slices.
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and then add to the apples and mix.
    Set aside.

Step 2:
Prepare the cake batter.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • In another bowl, whisk the sugar, oil, juice, and vanilla together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula to combine.
  • Add one egg at a time and mix well between each egg. The batter will be thick at first, but as each egg is added, the batter will thin.

Step 3:
Assemble and bake the cake.

  • Grease the cake pan and then add a thin layer of batter to the bottom. Using a slotted spoon, add a layer of apples and then a layer of batter. Repeat and then finish with apples on the top. TIP: Use the liquid from the apples to brush on top when finished assembling. Arrange the apples to cover the top nicely.
  • Place the cake pan on the center rack in the middle of the oven. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour 30 minutes, or when a toothpick comes out clean.
  • When done, allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes so the cake pulls away from the pan. Place a plate over the top of the pan, and gently flip it over to remove the cake from the pan. If the cake sticks, gently tap the pan.
  • Flip the cake back over so the apples are on the top. Optional: Dust the top with powdered sugar to finish.

Like our must-try Rugelach recipe, there's no step 4—except to enjoy every morsel! Let us know what you thought of our Jewish Apple Cake on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to tag @disneyd23 with your baking masterpiece!

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