Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Why Is It Called Jewish Apple?

"Throwback Thursday: Taking you back through the past 6 years by highlighting some of my favorite blog posts"

Jewish Apple Cake is pretty popular on the east coast and just about every family has their own version of the recipe. But does anyone really know why it's called "Jewish" apple?

I did some research and found that the name is derived from the fact that the recipe is completely dairy free. It uses orange juice instead of milk and oil instead of butter. Thus making it appropriate for the Jewish holiday; Rosh Hashanah.

How true this is, I really don't know, but it sure sounds good. If anyone has any other theories I'd love to hear them.

The recipe below is the one I use. It was passed on to me from my old neighbor, Lucy, who's been baking up this version for years.

Jewish Apple Cake
(printable recipe)

For the cake
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder

For the apples

2-3 green apples sliced
5 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
lemon zest

Beat eggs and sugar until combined. Add oil, vanilla, and orange juice mix well. Add flour and baking powder beating until smooth.

In another bowl mix sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest.

Grease and flour a tube pan. Pour 1/2 of the batter in and then the apple mixture. Top with the rest of the batter.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.


  1. This is interesting. I have a recipe for Jewish coffee cake and it has sour cream in it. I will see if I can find out anything more. It sounds delicious and I just might make it today, if I have time.

  2. I want some... right now!

  3. This looks like a wonderful tasting cake. I think the substitution of orange juice for milk is an interesting one. I bet it tastes great. Thanks for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! I look forward to seeing what you drop off next week!