September 26, 2019
Photo courtesy of Marion Haberman

There’s nothing like a new recipe to excite me for the holidays. To usher in a sweet New Year I wanted to share this one for a gorgeous, simple and delicious apple rose cake. When it comes to entertaining I like to find dishes that are delightful to look at and to eat. 

I chose to create my personal spin on this recipe because trying out new techniques, like the apple roses on this cake, is something special that helps me to take time for myself before the holidays. When my little boys are napping I got to take a break from writing and just experiment and learn something new. Amidst flying flour flurries and apple scraps I found my mind wandering to Rosh Hashanah celebrations gone by and to what I hope and pray for the year ahead. I wish you all a Shanah Tovah u’Metukah, a very sweet New Year!

Apple Cake: This recipe is Kosher and can be made Pareve or Dairy


8 ounces unsalted butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk or water
3 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice mix
1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice

Cream together the margarine and sugar then add the eggs. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and baking powder. Add in the flour mixture one cup at a time alternating with water until all is well incorporated. Finally, add the vanilla and spices. Pour cake batter into a well-greased springform pan or pie dish. Leave room towards the top as the cake will rise.

Core the apple then slice in a thin spiral. Place the apple into boiling water and add in orange juice. Boil for 2 minutes then remove from the water. 

Twist each apple piece and arrange at the top of the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-35 minutes, testing with a toothpick to see if it is baked through.


Cake – adapted from Myrna Rosen Quick and Delicious. Rose design – adapted from At the Immigrants Table

Marion Haberman is a writer and content creator for her YouTube/MyJewishMommyLife channel and Instagram @MyJewishMommyLife page where she shares her experience living a meaning-FULL Jewish family life. Haberman is currently writing a book on Judaism and pregnancy titled ‘Expecting Jewish!’ to be released Winter 2019. She is also a professional social media consultant and web and television writer for Discovery Channel, NOAA and NatGeoand has an MBA from Georgetown University.

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