My Favorite New Apple Cake

She calls it a pie.  I call it a cake – my favorite new apple cake.

9780732297800I first discovered Monday Morning Cooking Club from an article in The Tablet. And then right away I ordered the book. It’s a great story. Seven years ago a group of women in Sydney decided to get together every Monday to cook with the intent to write and publish their own cookbook and donate all the proceeds to charity (which they did – you can buy the book here).  But Monday Morning Cooking Club  has grown into something much bigger — a sisterhood, a reflection of Sydney’s diverse Jewish community and another reminder of the powerful connection between food and memory and the importance passing down recipes from one generation to the next.

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I’ve so far only made the Cinnamon and Apple Pie but if this is the only thing I end up making from this entire book it will be worth it. It was so easy (really!) and so delicious.  It’s pretty healthy too (and pareve) replacing the butter with olive oil. There are millions of apple cake recipes out there and I’ve tried my fair share.  This one tops my list and I’ll make it for many holidays and for years to come.

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Cinnamon and Apple Pie by Maxine Pacanowski from Monday Morning Cooking Club

6-8 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced

1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups caster sugar*

1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plain flour

extra cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and line the base and side of a 26cm springform cake tin.

Layer the apple slices in the prepared tin so they come about two thirds of the way up the side. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the apples.

Make a batter by beating the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the oil and vanilla and beat well, then stir in the flour.  Spoon the batter on top of the cinnamon-covered apples and sprinkle with extra cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake for one hour and twenty minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Cool in the tin. Serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Serves 10

* Caster sugar in Australia is called “baker’s sugar” or “superfine sugar” in the U.S. and is not the same thing as powdered sugar.

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6 Comments on My Favorite New Apple Cake

  1. Janie
    November 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm (9 years ago)

    Just put this one in my RECIPES for book group at my house!! Will keep u posted!

  2. Marci
    November 12, 2013 at 4:11 am (9 years ago)

    It’s in the oven now and smells delicious!

  3. Pauline
    November 12, 2013 at 10:22 am (9 years ago)

    This is also my favourite apple cake recipe. A winner every time I make it. And I love the Monday morning cooking club.

  4. Ann
    October 8, 2014 at 5:45 am (8 years ago)

    Made this for a dinner party last night. Everyone loved the cake. Definitely make it again.

    • Julie Levine
      October 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m so thrilled it was a crowd pleaser!

  5. Sara
    May 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi! I need to make this to serve more people. Do you think it would work in a 9×13? Also, how to you think it would taste with a light frosting?
    Thank you!


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