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Mom’s Apple Cake from Smitten Kitchen

by Michael Fruchtman, CFO

Mom's Apple Cake from Smitten Kitchen

Course Dessert


  • tube pan
  • large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl


For the Apples

  • 6 apples whichever kind looks good
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Cake

  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs


  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a tube pan. Peel, core, and chop apples into 1-inch chunks. Toss with cinnamon and 5 tablespoons sugar and set aside.
  • Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Mix wet ingredients into dry ones; scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Spread half of the apples (and their juices) over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.*
  • Cool completely before running a knife between cake and pan and unmold onto a platter.

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