Romanian Apple Cake

    1 hour 15 mins

    This is a wonderfully simple, yet delicious cake. It is so moist and fresh, it will surely be a favourite with your family, just like it is with mine! Most of the preparation time is taken up in peeling and cutting the apples. A mixture of apples works great, although I usually use Golden Delicious.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 5 apples, peeled and cored
    • 3 eggs
    • 1½ cups caster sugar
    • ¾ cup (180ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla essence
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23x33cm cake tin. Cut the apples into 2.5cm wedges. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until blended. Mix in the oil, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir in the flour just until incorporated then fold in the apples and walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into prepared tin and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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    This recipe is wonderful! I live in Holland and they do not sell vegetable oil like they do at home in America, so I had to use corn oil and it turned out perfectly. I used Braeburn apples since our choice of apples are not the same as they are in the states. I think using Braeburn apples was far better than the typical American apples I've grown up eating. This cake is even better the next day when kept in an air-tight container; it actually makes the cake more moist. I used the walnuts like it called for, but I made this again a week later and did not use them. I'm not a fan of nuts in recipes, but I think this recipe is perfect with the nuts but even better without them!! Simple ingredients, easy to make and absolutely delicious. I couldn't ask for any better! ***After consulting my neighbor who happens to have moved to Holland from Romania, she told me that this in it's traditional Romanian form does NOT involve walnuts at all. Just thought I'd pass that bit of information along.***  -  16 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is just like what my grandmother (Romanian, of course, she immigrated to Canada with my grandfather) used to make, she called it Appelkuchen (not sure of spelling). She diced the apples finely probably because her teeth were not so good anymore. This tastes best about a day or so after cooking and, for a cake, keeps quite well. Any substitutions detract from the authenticity and longevity of the cake; applesauce spoils much faster than oil, I always say that the bacteria, mold etc. have healthy tastes, they don't eat junk foods as they have no nutrients! So it is not healthy, but a delicious hearty spice cake that anyone not overly concerned about their diet will enjoy a slice of. It tastes a bit like apple pie or apple sauce but as a cake. And it does have a lot of apples, so you get a good dose of fruit. Alright enough rambling but I am happy to have found this recipe and be able to make my grandmother's cake!  -  13 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My son and I made this as part of a school report on Romania. It was a huge hit at school and he came home with an empty pan and tons of requests for the recipe. Now months later his class has requested that he bring it for their Valentine's Day Party. (I don't normally think of apple cake for Valentine's Day but it's what they want.) It is very easy to make and tastes good. Obvisously, it is a hit with kids.  -  13 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)