Memorial Day Eats: Jewish Apple Cake

By: Sheilah Kaufman

Summer's first holiday is fast approaching! As you sift through your stack of BBQ invites and pool may be asking yourself, "What can I bring?" Fear not, I've got an easy dessert that the host will surely appreciate. So skip the dip and pick up a delicious bag of apples.

This is dessert is so good that you won't even need a scoop of ice cream! 


  • 4 to 6 firm apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • l tablespoon baking powder
  • l cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease and flour a l0-inch tube pan.

In a medium bowl, combine the apples with the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of the sugar - set aside.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the remaining sugar, the flour, baking  powder, oil, eggs, orange juice, salt, and the vanilla. Beat just until the batter is smooth.

Pour a small amount of the batter into the prepared pan, and place a layer of the apple slices on top.  Continue layering in this fashion, ending with a layer of batter.

Bake at 350°F for 1.5 hours or until cake tests done.

Cool the cake in its pan for 30 minutes on a wire rack; then turn the cake out onto the rack to cool  thoroughly.

Serves 12.

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Cooking with Sheilah

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A popular lecturer and expert on Mediterranean cooking and Jewish culinary history and traditions, Sheilah has been a guest speaker for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, the Textile Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show, Capital Speakers, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Brandeis, Culinary Historians of Washington, the International Jewish Genealogy Convention, diplomatic groups, and the Turkish Embassy.  In addition, she is a popular lecturer for Jewish Federations, Hadassah, diplomatic groups, and Oasis, and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs (including Martha Stewart Live) across the nation. Sheilah also does consulting and has developed recipes and served as a national spokesperson for a number of international companies. Visit Sheilah's website, here