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Passover Apple Cake

This wonderful Passover recipe is courtesy of Arthur Schwartz and can be found in his book, "Jewish Home Cooking." You can substitute your own spices in this recipe, if you'd like.

  • yield: Makes one 8-inch square cake

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Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon mace
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 3/4 cup matzo cake meal
  • 5 medium apples, such as Golden Delicious or Crispin, peeled, cored, halved, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 5 cups)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack set in the center. Lightly spray an 8-inch-square glass baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Mix together walnuts, 3/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and ginger in a medium bowl; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk, beat eggs on medium speed until well combined. Beat in remaining 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, until mixture is thick and foamy. With the mixer running, slowly pour in oil. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stir in matzo cake meal.

  4. Step 4

    Pour half of the batter into prepared cake pan. Sprinkle over half of the walnut mixture, half of the apples, and raisins. Pour over remaining batter and top with remaining apples; sprinkle over remaining walnut mixture.

  5. Step 5

    Transfer cake to oven and bake until the sides of the cake pull away from the baking dish very slightly and topping begins to caramelize, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let stand for several hours until completely cool, before cutting. Keep cake covered tightly with plastic wrap for up to 2 days, as the flavor improves with age.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April Spring 2008

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Reviews (17)

  • robin28 6 Apr, 2014

    choklitgirl and @Traci4: Did y'all make this and did you really use 6 eggs, 3/4 cup oil and 1-1/2 cups cake meal? I need exact directions for recipes. I am not the best baker. Thanks so much for your help and any tips. It sounds yummy so I would like to try it.

  • choklitgirl 27 Mar, 2014

    @Traci4: Are you saying you used 6 eggs, 3/4 cup oil and 1-1/2 cups cake meal?

  • Traci4 30 Mar, 2013

    I agree with Tanya. Just made this and the batter definitely needs to be doubled. I doubled only the eggs and matza cake meal and oil amounts and left the sugar the same as originally called for. I substituted brown sugar for the topping blend as well.

  • koltov 29 Mar, 2013

    tanya1972: Not sure if you'll see this, but you recommend 3 cups of sugar and 1-1/2 cups of the matzoh cake meal?

    I'm hesitant to make this and spend the time only to have the recipe come up short on the batter. :-)

  • tanya1972 24 Mar, 2013

    I made the cake today and remembered something from last year. The cake batter part of the recipe (the eggs. sugar, oil and matzah meal) quantity is WAY too little for this cake. I actually think there must have been a mistake. You literally need to double the quantities in this recipe in order to have enough cake batter to do two layers.

  • tanya1972 23 Mar, 2013

    I made this cake for Pesach last year and it was fantastic - a big hit at the Seder! I am definitely making it again this year.

  • abusybee4u 22 Apr, 2011

    Love this recipe! Definely will add this to the Passover rotation. I left out the mace, ginger, and raisins. Also I only needed 3 apples instead of the 5. I used a granny smith, golden delicious and a fuji. This smelled great and was a big hit.

  • RozyRP 27 Apr, 2008

    Very easy to make. My family loved it. They ate it before it had a chance to cool completely. I made my own matzo cake meal b/c I couldn't get any. I ground the matzo in a spice grinder till it was fine and powdery. Worked well in the recipe.

  • mauipoppins 20 Apr, 2008

    It was a Passover hit at my house!!! It was so good, I am making it next week for a brunch that I am having! Thanks for making my Passover a wonderful hit!!

  • Yorkie7 20 Apr, 2008

    Cake was a hit! Had a nice flavor and very genoise-y cake texture. I used a 1/4 cup less sugar on the topping. Lots of apples made it!
    thanks!

  • Yorkie7 18 Apr, 2008

    I made this today. It looks great!! The recipe on Martha's show though, watching the segment had 3/4 tsp. ground allspice and 3/4 tsp. ground cardamon in Mr. Schwartz's version but combo of these would do.
    Anyway, will let you know how it tastes!!

  • Yorkie7 18 Apr, 2008

    I made this today. It looks great!! The recipe on Martha's show though, watching the segment had 3/4 tsp. ground allspice and 3/4 tsp. ground cardamon in Mr. Schwartz's version but combo of these would do.
    Anyway, will let you know how it tastes!!

  • Yorkie7 18 Apr, 2008

    I made this today. It looks great!! The recipe on Martha's show though, watching the segment had 3/4 tsp. ground allspice and 3/4 tsp. ground cardamon in Mr. Schwartz's version but combo of these would do.
    Anyway, will let you know how it tastes!!

  • Killercute 17 Apr, 2008

    The fun of new recipes is the character of the ingredients. Use the Matzo cake meal. You can use it and store the remainder it in a well sealed container. That's what makes it different and delicious.

  • Killercute 17 Apr, 2008

    It says in the initial ingredients that it is 3/4 Cup of matzo cake meal.

  • audree 17 Apr, 2008

    I love this recipe and wonder if you can only make it at passover time. What can I substitute for the matzo cake meal if not available in my area?

  • CanCookKaren 17 Apr, 2008

    I've not used cake meal before and I'm wondering when the recipe says 3/4 matzo cake meal does that mean 3/4 cup??