Jewish apple cake
Slice of Jewish apple cake
Place of originPoland
Region or stateIsrael, United States
Main ingredientsApples

Jewish apple cake is a dense cake made with apples which originated in Poland,[1] but is now sold mostly in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.[2] Apples are common in Jewish Ashkenazi cooking and are a part of the traditional food served during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (considered to be the Jewish New Year). Jewish apple cake is traditionally made without dairy products, and may, therefore, be eaten with meals containing meat, in accordance with Jewish dietary laws of kashrut, which forbid the mixing of meat and milk products in the same meal. The use of oil instead of butter also makes this cake a popular choice during Hanukkah, when it is traditional to eat fried or oily foods in remembrance of the miracle of the oil.


  1. ^ Nathan, Joan (December 1, 1999). "Hanukkah favorite, and more; Dessert: Jewish Apple Cake is one of many so-called Jewish dishes that have become part of various national cuisines". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ Stern, Jane (Jun 4, 2009). 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late: and the Very Best Places to Eat Them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 91. ISBN 9780547416441.