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Apple Cake

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I made dinner last night for shabbat with the help of my great family. My mom came in to visit because she was in New York doing fashiony business (re: fashion week & showrooms). So we are playing in Boston this weekend before she heads back to work and I head back to the Pacific Northwest.

And did I mention it's sunny! Score. What a great New England vacation I've got going here


Moving on...let's talk Apple Cake! My cousin had conveniently just gone apple picking last weekend but I'm not a fan of ooey-gooey slimy, applesaucey cooked apples (re: apple pie) so I opted for a traditional Apple Cake

Both my grandma and grandpa were coming in for dinner and for some reason I felt like apple cake would be a hit with the older crowd...is there research that supports this? It just felt like a fact. 


I searched around and found a recipe at smitten kitchen, she said it was her mom's recipe so that sealed the deal for me right there.  It seemed like the only way to go.




Mom’s Apple Cake
6 apples, Mom uses McIntosh apples
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
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2 3/4 cups flour, sifted (oops we forgot to do that)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
(you can add walnuts too)

How To
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. please, thanks.

Grease up a tube pan (the kind with the pop out bottom)

Chop the apples into medium-large chunks and toss them in the cinnamon & sugar. Let them hang out.

At this point I was chopping apples and my Grandma was measuring ingredients. She was       wonderful to work with, thanks Grams!

In another bowl mix the flour, salt & baking soda. And in yet another bowl whisk the oil, orange juice, sugar & vanilla.

Now go ahead and mix the wet into the dry & add the eggs one by one. Mix it all up so it's homogenous (hey big word, waddup!)


At long last you can pour half of the batter into the pan, spread half the apples over it and top off with the other half of the batter.

Finish that puppy off with the rest of the apple and toss it in the oven for an hour and a half or until a toothpick/cake tester comes out clean. That's it. You're Done!



I'll have you know it took 3 people to get this gorgeous apple beauty out of the pan but we did it, and all in one piece no less!