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Gloria's Apple Cake

This is the perfect apple cake for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sunday brunch. The sweetness of the apples and the rich cinnamon are a perfect counterpart to the light, moist cake.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples cut into medium size chunks
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flour, baking powder, vanilla, oil, orange juice and the eggs. Set aside. Mix cinnamon and sugar together. Set aside
  2. Core, peel and cut apples into medium size chunks.
  3. Grease a 9.5 x 13 inch baking dish. Pour 1/2 batter into baking dish. Put 1/2 of the apples on top of the batter. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon and sugar on top of the apples. Pour rest of the batter on top of the cinnamon and sugar. Put the rest of the apples on top, and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon and sugar on top.
  4. Bake for 1 1/4 hours. Check to see if it is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If the toothpick does not come out clean, cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove and let cool before serving. Dust with Confectioner's sugar before serving (optional).