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Jewish Apple Cake – Oh Sweet Basil

Jewish apple cake is a moist, dense cake brimming with chunks of cinnamon sugar coated apple. It is the perfect fall dessert!

Ok, I feel like I have no business writing about a tradition that belongs to another, but every year my instagram starts filling with posts about an apple or honey cake for Shabbat or other Jewish gatherings and celebrations and my curiosity was piqued. What was this glorious dessert and do I dare make my own?

I have spent all year testing recipes and I have to say, a cake filled with layers of apples, HECK YES. You need it in your life!!! It’s such a sweet and simple cake and my goodness does it hit the spot! It’s moist and flavorful, but it’s especially unique in that there’s no frosting! I love a cake that can stand on its own!!

A slice of Jewish apple cake on a white dessert plate with a fork next to it. The cake is dense and filled with apple slices and there is powdered sugar on top.

What is Jewish Apple Cake?

Jewish apple cake is a simple, dense cake believe to have originated in Poland.

Ingredients for Jewish Apple Cake

All you need is simple pantry ingredients for this cake which is why I love it! I can make it anytime because I always have these ingredients on hand. Here is what you will need:


  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Canola Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Orange Juice


  • Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar

The measurements for each ingredients can be found in the recipe card below.

A picture of a Jewish apple cake. It is shaped like an angel food cake and has one slice cut and partially removed. The cake has powdered sugar on top.

How to Make Jewish Apple Cake

Simple ingredients usually means simple steps too. Here are the instructions for making this cake recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven and grease your pan.
  2. Mix the cinnamon and sugar and take 1/2 cup of it and mix it with the apples.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients and the remaining cinnamon into a both.
  4. In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients plus 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet. Fold everything together with a wooden spoon.
  6. Now you are going to layer the batter with the apples. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the pan, then 1/3 of the apples, then a tablespoon of cinnamon sugar, and repeat until the batter and apples are gone.
  7. Combine the ingredients for the topping and sprinkle it over the top of the cake.
  8. Bake. Allow it to cool, remove it from the pan, and dust it with some powdered sugar.

More detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

A slice of Jewish Apple cake on a white dessert plate. The cake is dense and moist with apple slices in it.

What Apples are Best for Jewish Apple Cake?

I prefer a combination of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples for this recipe. You can use any combination of your favorite types of apples. I love the combination of the tart Grannies and the yummy Honeys!

Does Jewish Apple Cake Need To Be Refrigerated?

This cake should be kept in the refrigerator.

How Long Will Apple Cake Keep?

It will keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

A Jewish apple cake with a couple of slices cut. You can see slices of apples and powdered sugar on top.

Can This Cake be Frozen?

Yes, the cake freezes amazingly! Let it cool completely and then freeze either whole or in pieces. Wrap it in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. When you are ready to eat it, just pull it out and let it thaw on the counter.

How Do You Remove a Cake from the Pan?

Place a cake plate on top of the pan, with the serving side against the pan.  Using pot holders, hold the cake plate in place with one hand. Carefully turn the cake upside down onto the cake plate with the other hand.

As the cake cools, it will release from the pan.  You may need to run a flat blade knife around the edges of the pan.

A slice of Jewish apple cake on a white dessert plate with a fork next to it. The cake is dense, and filled with apples. There is powdered sugar on the cake top.

You can’t ever have too many apple cake recipes in my humble opinion! We have an apple cake with caramel frosting, an apple cake with caramel sauce, and a pecan apple bundt cake on the blog, but we needed this Jewish apple cake! I just love love love it!

More Easy Apple Desserts: 

A slice of Jewish apple cake on a white plate with a fork. You can see the apples inside the slice. It has powdered sugar on top.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Servings: 12


  • 6 Apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup White Sugar divided
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon divided
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 4 Eggs large
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice plus 1 Tablespoon


  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter unsalted, cut in cubes
  • Powdered Sugar for serving
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an angel food or bundt pan.

  • Mix together sugar and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon. Remove 1/2 cup of the mixture and toss with apples and set aside.

  • In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.

  • In another bowl, stir together all but 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs and orange juice.

  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, use a wooden spoon to gently fold together.

  • Pour 1/3 of the batter into the greased pan and then add 1/3 of the apples evenly over the batter. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar.

  • Gently pour out another 1/3 of the batter and top with another 1/3 of the apples and then the final cinnamon sugar.

  • Top the cake off with the last of the batter and apples.

  • In a bowl, combine the topping; brown sugar and flour. Sprinkle over the cake evenly. Dot with butter.

  • Bake for 70-85 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool and cover with a dusting of powdered sugar then serve.

cake should be kept in the refrigerator

Nutrition Facts

Jewish Apple Cake

Amount Per Serving (1 piece)

Calories 566
Calories from Fat 216

% Daily Value*

Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 4g25%

Cholesterol 65mg22%

Sodium 258mg11%

Potassium 299mg9%

Carbohydrates 84g28%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 53g59%

Protein 6g12%

Vitamin A 255IU5%

Vitamin C 7mg8%

Calcium 91mg9%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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