Piece O’ (Apple) Cake

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.

Cost: 5

If you have basic baking materials you won’t need to purchase many items.

Taste: 4

This cake was sweet and spongy, but not as moist as I would have preferred.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 70 to 90 minutes.