Apple Cake

October 20, 2010

When my friend Leslie shared this recipe for Nancy Carlos’ Jewish Apple Cake on Facebook I knew I’d have to try it. It’s definitely a keeper!

It’s dense and moist and full of flavor.  It reminds me a bit of the old Amish Friendship Cake recipe from years ago, the one where friends passed along a bowl of starter and a copy of the recipe.  This is much easier than keeping that starter going and it tastes better too.

I planned to add walnuts along with the apples.  I even bought them but still forgot to get them out.

The recipe calls for just a couple of tablespoons of sugar mixed with the cinnamon.  Next time I think I’ll increase that a little bit and remember the walnuts.

  • All Purpose Flour, 3 cups
  • Canola Oil, 1 cup
  • Sugar, 2 1/2 cups
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking Powder, 3 teaspoons
  • Orange Juice, 1/3 cup
  • Vanilla, 2 1/2 teaspoons
  • Eggs, 4
  • Apples, 4  (I used Fuji)
  • Brown Sugar, 2 or more tablespoons
  • Cinnamon, 5 teaspoons

Preheat the oven to 325.  Grease and flour a tube pan.  Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, orange juice and vanilla and beat well.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Peel and core the apples and cut them into thin slices.

Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Spread a third of the batter in the tube pan.  Arrange a layer of apples over it and sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Continue with two more layers, ending with apples and cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 325 for about 90 minutes.

Cool on a rack for a little while.

Carefully turn it out onto a plate and serve.


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leslie October 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

Karen, I increased the sugar in the cinnamon/sugar mixture quite a bit, too. I didn’t add the nuts, because my family doesn’t really like them. I didn’t miss the nuts, but I bet it would be good with them, too! So glad you enjoyed this cake! It will sure make my friend, Ted, happy to know people are out there making his Mom’s cake!


2 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon October 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

Karen, this cake is why I am so happy it’s apple season. Wish I had a slice to go with my coffee this morning.


3 Dinetonite October 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

Oh yum!!!! I could eat my screen right now! I was just telling Aubrey I wanted to make a stuffed french toast with apples, but this oh my!


4 Alicia October 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

yum!! that looks amazing!


5 October 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

This apple cake looks and sounds delish!


6 Heather I. October 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Oh how I love apple-baking season!! This cake looks to die for, can I have a slice or two??


7 Samantha October 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Your photos are absolutely lovely and I love the step by step photos. This cake looks delicious!


8 Heavenly Housewife October 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

What a great apple treat. The picture of that sliced cake is making me so hungry LOL. I have so many apples from my trees this year and I’m having trouble figuring out how to use as many of them as I can. THis looks like a great recipe.
*kisses* HH


9 Karen Bove October 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

Oh, what I wouldn’t give for apples trees of my own!


10 Pretty. Good. Food. October 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Mmmm, looks gorgeous :) !


11 Kristen October 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I have never made a Jewish apple cake and now I’m wondering why. This sounds fabulous!


12 Teagan October 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

This cake is one of the best cakes you will ever consume, seriously! It’s so easy to make, simple ingredients, and tastes like magic in the form of a cake (which says something because I’m not a huge cake fan).
I dream about recipe at night ;)

Thanks for sharing this, my life is finally complete haha :]


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