A very moist and dense cake with apples and cinnamon, traditionally served during Hanukkah. It's a favorite in our household, and best of all, not from a box!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
45 mins
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 cake
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

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  • Beat 1 1/2 cup of sugar with the butter, vanilla extract, and cream cheese in a bowl until soft and creamy; beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

  • In a separate small bowl, stir together the cinnamon with 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar mixture into the flour mixture; reserve the rest of the cinnamon sugar.

  • Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture to make a smooth batter, and mix in the apples. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top of the batter with the reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cake pulls away slightly from the edges of the pan, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool cake completely on a wire rack before removing the pan and slicing the cake.

Nutrition Facts

480 calories; protein 5.9g; carbohydrates 70.4g; fat 20.5g; cholesterol 100.4mg; sodium 327.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2012
I do have to say this cake is very moist and very dense in a very delicious way. The cream cheese adds a bit of tang and a rich almost creme like texture to the cake that is most noted throughout the center. My favorite part was the crusty top and sides. Nice change of pace from the traditional Jewish Apple Cakes I am familiar with. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 43
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2012
I do have to say this cake is very moist and very dense in a very delicious way. The cream cheese adds a bit of tang and a rich almost creme like texture to the cake that is most noted throughout the center. My favorite part was the crusty top and sides. Nice change of pace from the traditional Jewish Apple Cakes I am familiar with. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2011
The first time I ever tried baking a cake I tried this. Worked a treat came out tasty and juicy everyone was impressed and it dissapeard quickly. The sugar on the top did look like it started to burn a little even after around 50 mins so I took it out thinking it might not be ready yet inside but it was fine tasted great. I guess I need to just learn how to spot when it's ready. I am now however amazed at how much sugar goes into cakes! are they all like this?? very tasty and easy to understand instructions. nice one. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2012
Very good flavor! The cream cheese really adds to this. Wonderful as is but may add a few nuts to the topping next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2015
Oh my goodness this was the most delicious cake I've ever made! My husband and I made this one night and I couldn't be any more impressed with this recipe. My hubby is hard to please so for him to fawn over this was fantastic! Update- I've been making this cake for years now and everyone that's tasted it falls in love. My husband had the bright idea to add pears and its been a great addition! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2012
This is one of the best easiest cakes I've ever baked!!! Very moist and very flavorful. I would highly recommend it! I did do half white and half brown sugar in the cake because I like the richness brown sugar adds. Other than that followed the recipe as written. A Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2012
This cake was gone in less than 24 hrs. The recipe is perfect as is. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2012
This cake is delicious! I made this cake for my mother in law's birthday and everybody raved about it. I wanted something that wouldn't be too sweet and this cake was perfect! The cream cheese really makes this cake stand out. I will be giving out the recipe at Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2013
This cake is absolutely divine! I made this today and my mom and my grandma love it! It's my first time baking a cake and I wasn't really sure what I was doing but it turned out great anyways! I did anticipate that it was gonna be too sweet for my mom's liking so lessened the sugar by a quarter cup. Thank you for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2014
Wonderful flavor and texture. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Turned out great! Read More
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