This beautiful Apple Cake is simply bursting with the delicious flavors of fall and winter. Cinnamon, brown sugar and apples combine to give you all that classic apple pie taste, but in cake form!
I first tried this Apple Cake at my Jewish friend's house and absolutely fell in love. I asked if she'd share the recipe with me, and was quite surprised to learn that this cake intentionally does not contain dairy so that it can be eaten with a meat meal by those following Jewish religious dietary laws.
And since this recipe uses applesauce instead of dairy ingredients (such as butter and milk) to keep it nice and moist, you also get the bonus of extra apple flavor!
This Apple Cake comes together so easily and since it uses basic pantry ingredients, it's perfect for entertaining a variety of guests during the upcoming holiday season. It also keeps well which makes it a great choice for taking to potlucks and buffet style parties.
How to Serve Apple Cake
I love serving this Apple Cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!
However, those who follow Jewish dietary laws should skip the ice cream and caramel sauce. Instead, try dusting the top with powdered sugar for a pretty presentation.
What are the Best Apples for Baking?
The best apples to use for baking keep their structure when heated and provide a nice balance of sweet and tart. Granny Smith apples tend to top my list, thanks to their extra firm texture and crisp tartness. However, I also recommend these apple varieties:
- Braeburn: crisp and juicy with a concentrated flavor.
- Jonagold: these hold up nicely in the oven and have a nice balance of sweet and tart.
- Honeycrisp: just as the name suggests, these apples are super crisp with a honey sweetness. The perfect specimen to include in tarts.
More Delicious Apple Recipes
If you like this Apple Cake recipe, you'll want to check out my Apple Pear Pie, Apple Buttermilk Custard Pie, and Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake.
- 5 large apples unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 ⅓ cup granulated sugar divided
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil or coconut
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan or tube pan.
Place apple slices into a large bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and ⅓ cup of granulated sugar; toss to combine.
In the bowl of your mixer, combine remaining white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and oil. Beat until well combined, about 4 minutes.
Stir in the applesauce.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until only just combined.
Pour ⅓ of the batter into the prepared pan.
Layer with ⅓ of sliced apples.
Repeat for 2 more layers, ending with apples on top.
Bake cake for 1 and ½ hours or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
Let cake cool for 15-20 minutes then unfold from the pan.
Slice and serve.
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