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Jewish Apple Cake Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Apple Cake Recipe

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cake
Servings: 12 servings


  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium apples peeled and cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup Smucker's Red Plum jam
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 large eggs brought to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon


  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir dry ingredients and set the bowl aside.
  • Add apple slices, Smucker's Red Plum jam, and lemon juice in another bowl. Mix up so that apples are coated in jam and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Beat the eggs well, either with an electric beater on medium or vigorously by hand.
  • Gradually add sugar and beat (about two min.), or mix by hand, till the mixture is almost fluffy.
  • Add oil, vanilla, and almond extracts, and continue to beat and scrape the side of the bowl till all is combined.
  • Next, mix in the flour mixture (if using an electric beater, reduce speed to low). Mix until batter is blended to uniform color and consistency.
  • Take just half of the batter and spread evenly in the baking pan.
  • Next, cover the layer of batter with the apple and jam mixture. Then spread the remaining half of the batter over the apples. Finally, give a light shake or two of cinnamon over the surface of the cake.
  • Bake on the center rack till golden (approximately one hour).
  • After removing it from the oven, let the cake cool. Cut into squares and serve.