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My favorite Apple Cake - For Rosh Hashana (לראש השנה)

I have been making this apple cake for over 40 years. I started baking it when I first came to the US and I bought my very first food processor and mixer. I had always mixed and cut everything by hand prior to that.

My new processor had a a slicer attachment and I couldn't wait to use it to slice my apples uniformly. In fact the entire cake is made in the food processor. .

Both new appliances were in the new modern color of the year 1980, which was called "Avocado Green". I loved them both for 40 years. My processor broke a few years ago but my beloved avocado green mixer is still alive and well and it is only a few months ago that I actually upgraded both my mixer and food processor to new ones. (Not in avocado green).

This time a little more elaborate and slightly larger. I’m in love all over again.

So back to my apple cake. As I say this recipe is over 40 years old and never fails to impress and come out delicious!

Perfect for Succot which follows Rosh Hashanah and is significant to our apples and honey time of the year! חג שמח! Chag Sameach!

So let’s get started making it!


Apple topping for cake:

½ cup all purpose (plain) flour

1/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter chilled and cut into 3-4 pieces

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 medium apples quartered and cored


1 ½ cups all purpose or plain sieved flour

3/4 cups sugar

¼ cup unsalted butter chilled and cut into 3 - 4 pieces

½ cup of milk. I use almond milk but any milk will do

2 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

1teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla essence or paste

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 square cake tin. You can also use a round tin for this cake.


Using a food processor, position knife blade in bowl, add flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Process for about 20 seconds until crumbly. Transfer to a medium - large mixing bow.

In food processor place slicing disk, slice apples (can be sliced by hand). Add to bowl with crumbs mix and stir to coat apple. Set aside.


Position knife blade back in food processor and add flour, sugar and butter. Process until the butter is cut into flour and sugar, about 15 seconds depending on the power of your processor. I have a very powerful one so I blink and it's done, but you can judge. Add all remaining ingredients and process for 5 more seconds. Turn off and scrape down the sides of bowl, process for 5 more seconds.

Spread batter in your greased baking tin. Neatly arrange the apple mix you set aside, so it covers the entire top of cake. Bake for about 45 minutes, depending on your oven. Check if ready by inserting a toothpick in the center. Cake is ready if it comes out clean and the sides of the cake are separated from the tin.

Enjoy and serve after any meal or with your favorite cup of tea or coffee!!

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