Is this the best apple cake? No. Is it a great option for when you want to get an apple cake on the table for Rosh Hashanah with minimal effort? Absolutely.


  • 1 box Duncan Hines (or similar) spice cake mix
  • 4 apples (I used 2 granny smith, 2 gala)


  1. Make the cake mix according to the instructions on the back of the box. Peel and cube the apples and stir into the batter. Optional: Add a handful of raisins (or chopped nuts if you're not making it for Rosh Hashanah).
  2. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 (or slightly larger) baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350°F (180°C), or until a knife comes out clean.
  3. NOTE: If the outside of the cake seems cooked but the center is still jiggly, reduce temperature to 325°F (160°C) for the remainder of the time.
  4. Allow cake to cool. When serving, sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
  5. Freezes well.