Rosh Hashanah Honey-Apple Cake

The Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a feast of delicious food. Honey cake is a traditional Rosh Hashanah dessert, and its rich honey flavor represents the wish for a good and sweet coming year. Celebrate the New Year by trying this recipe for honey apple cake, a moist and delicious cake that combines two Rosh Hashanah favorites!


3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 medium apples, peeled and cut in chunks
3 eggs plus 2 egg whites (or 4 eggs)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup liquid honey
3/4 cup cold tea
1/4 cup brandy

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Process flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger for 10 seconds, until blended. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Process apples until finely minced, 8 to 10 seconds. Measure 1 cup firmly packed and set aside.

Process eggs and egg whites, sugar, oil and honey for 2 to 3 minutes, until light. Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with tea and brandy. Process with quick on/off pulses, just until blended. Be careful not to over-process. Add apples and process with quick on/off pulses, just until mixed.

Pour batter into sprayed 12-cup fluted tube pan (Bundt pan). Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until cake tests done. A wooden skewer inserted into the center should come out dry. If necessary, cover top of cake with foil to prevent over-browning. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes. Carefully loosen with a flexible spatula, invert cake onto a serving plate, and enjoy!

Yield: 15 servings. Freezes well.

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  • Avi
    September 6, 2012

    I love sharing holiday food. It is a great way to share the holiday with friends. I plan on taking an apple honey cake to share with my non jewish friends that I work with. I am a teacher, and food is a great way to educate! Happy Rosh Hashanah! Peace and Love is yours this year to come!(:

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