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Auntie Dorothy’s Apple Cake Recipe

Micheline Mendelsohn

My father’s mother, dorothy, was the sweetest little bubbie ever. she was however the worst cook. I remember going over as a kid and she’d always make us chicken paprika. The skin barely cooked, not even close to crispy, and it was just sprinkled with paprika on top. No salt, no pepper and definitely no oil or fresh herbs – maybe a pat of butter. We all sat and ate around the table and would laugh for hours but then drove to the nearest restaurant! Dorothy did however make one of the best apple cakes. This is the only recipe I have that I can pass on from my bubbie.

*Not Kosher for Passover 

Photo by Cydney Puro


  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups peeled and grated apples
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9-by-13-inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and granulated sugar. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla. Sift in apples.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a tester inserted in the center comes out with just a few clinging crumbs. Let cool completely in the pan.
  4. Frost with powdered sugar.