Jewish Apple Cake

Jewish apple cake plated with apples in the center

As November begins, I have to think of my mothers’ Jewish Apple Cake recipe. I have it written on a recipe card, but almost have it memorized because we made it so much growing up. You’ve got everything you need in your pantry as long as you have 4 apples in your fruit bowl. The great thing about this cake is that you don’t need to serve it with icing and it is also dairy-free!

Apple cake plated with a slice ready to eat

This Jewish Apple Cake is one of those cakes you can serve at breakfast with coffee or tea, as an after lunchtime treat, or dessert after dinner with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup! You’ll find yourself walking by it in the kitchen and grabbing a small bite throughout the day!

Now in my family we tease each other about this cake because my mother will make it often, and now that she is older, she will freeze it, then take it out of the freezer and serve it, put what was left back in the freezer, repeat and repeat! Our first question when Mom served the Apple Cake was, “How many times has this been in and out of the freezer!” My mom would take a little offense to  this, but I think I can speak for my entire family when I say with all the love we have for mom, “It is well-deserved!’

My mother doesn’t remember where she got this recipe, but it’s been around as long as I can remember (and that’s a lot of years)! This was one of those recipes that we would make if someone needed a pick-me-up, company was coming over and we had to make a cake that everyone would love to enjoy, or just on a Sunday for dessert at family dinner.

slice of apple cake

I think we all have family recipes that we hold dear to our hearts (and stomachs) and they become a staple in our lives. Food was such an important part of our family growing up, and it continues to be for my family even today! Now my husband does enjoy my cooking and baking, but food was never something that was an exciting part of his growing up. He had 5 brothers and his Mom was amazing, caring for the boys morning, noon and night! She cooked simply (as I think you would have to with 6 sons), always giving them a hearty meal! Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, and Roasted Chicken, Rice and Corn were staples in their family. Their kitchen and dining rooms were for eating, not necessarily the experience of cooking and baking.

In my immediate and extended family, everything revolved around cooking and baking, especially on my father’s side. Both of my parents were cooks, and my Dad really had a flair for it, thoroughly enjoying the whole experience of preparing the food and beaming with pride when others enjoyed it! My mom learned to cook from his mother, my Grandmom Madeline, and by following recipes in cookbooks. She always said, “If you can read you can cook.” Well that is true, however, I believe that it is not just the technical part of cooking that makes good food, but the art and love that goes into it! When you have a passion for something, it comes through in everything you do!

Whether you love to run, play music, teach math, or follow a medical or law career, if you have a drive for bringing that passion to life and serving others, DO IT! I so hope that I can bring my love of food and entertaining to you, and that regardless of whether you want to make a dinner, dessert, share a mango margarita with family and friends, or spend lots of time in the kitchen experiencing the love of cooking and baking, I hope you will take this journey with me.

Apple cake plated with a slice ready to eat

Until next time,

Let’s get cookin’ and bakin’


Jewish Apple Cake

This Jewish Apple Cake is a family favorite, and is easy to make! You don't need a blender, just a couple mixing bowls and that's it! You don't even need icing! It is so moist and delicious, you will make it all year long!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: All
Keyword: applecake, apples, baking, dairy-free, Dessert, Easy, falldessert, fruitdessert, Moist,
Servings: 12
Author: Madeline Kohler


  • Cake Tube Pan
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Large Mixing Bowl


Apple Mixture

  • 4 large apples Granny Smith, Macintosh, or any hearty, crisp apple
  • 5 tbsps sugar
  • 2 tsps cinnamon

Cake Batter

  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ½ tsps vanilla
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice one medium lemon
  • 3 cups all purpose flour do not sift
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsps baking powder


Apple Mixture

  • Peel skin from apples and slice into thin pieces and put in medium mixing bowl.
  • Add cinnamon and sugar. Toss until well blended. Let sit while you make the cake batter.

Cake Batter

  • Preheat oven on bake at 350°.
  • Put oil, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice in large mixing bowl.
  • Add flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  • Mix with wooden spoon until well blended.
  • Add apple mixture making sure you get all the juice from the bowl.
  • Gently blend together. Apples will break up a little but that's ok.
  • Scoop batter into tube pan, spreading batter until evenly covering the pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. There will be a crusty top on the cake.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Take a butter knife and go around the outside of the cake and the inner tube circle of the cake, loosening the sides and around the inside. Using a large plate, carefully flip cake out of tube pan onto the plate.
  • Place your serving plate onto the bottom of the cake and flip back, so that the top of the cake is displayed.


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