Orit’s Hot Apple Cake

To Israelis a ‘Granny Smith’ is a ‘Grand Smith’ so when Orit Schwartz told me to use ‘Grand’ apples I thought she meant big, and used big sweet eating apples. Ah, well, Lesson 1 learnt. It is important to use Grannys as they’re not as sweet as alternatives. This cake is plenty sweet enough as it is. Lesson 2: make sure your oil doesn’t have a strong flavour; the second time I made this cake my canola oil – normally not very strong – had obviously been sitting around a while, and, well, it just didn’t do it. But third time lucky and all that. Yum. 

Orit's Hot Apple Cake

Orit Schwartz


  • 1 kg Granny Smith apples peeled & sliced finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil weak flavour like canola
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Pre-heat oven to 180º C
  • Set the apple slices in the oiled 26 cm round tin
  • Spread the cinnamon and sugar over apples.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, oil, eggs and raisins.
  • Spread the mixture on the apples.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 180º C until the cake is "gold" (light brown).
  • Serve hot with ice-cream.

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