Apple Cherry Layered Crumb Cake (Kugel)

Remember the Kugel Quandary I had recently? Well, in case you were not yet confused about kugel, here we go.

Honestly, I am highly uncertain about posting this recipe as a kugel. It’s a cake, really. But when it comes down to it, a sweet kugel (such as this one) is really nothing but a great excuse to eat dessert halfway through your meal. And how can anyone not like that?

To avoid confusion, I am going to call this a cake, going forward. Call it a sailboat if you want. The important thing is that you make it and thoroughly enjoy it.

Now, a little  bit of background on this cake. A number of years ago, just before a holiday, my father came down with a nasty infection and had to be hospitalized. My entire family was upset about spending a holiday without him. I had prepared a batch of this cake, and though it was the least I could do, I sent half of it along for him to eat while he was there. When the holiday was over, I went to visit my father in the hospital, and he informed me that this cake gave him a taste of home, even in a gloomy hospital setting. “This cake,” he explained, “was my Happy Holiday.” (For my Hebrew-speaking readers, he said, “it was my Simchas Yom Tov.”) Since then, this cake has been known in my house as Happy Holiday Cake. (Or, for the sake of accuracy, Simchas Yom Tov Kugel.)

Is it really that good, you ask yourself? Make it and see for yourself. And if you are concerned that a cake that can be responsible for a holiday’s worth of happiness is difficult to make, think again. This is wondrously simple.

Apple Cherry Layered Crumb Cake:

Adapted from Kosher By Design Entertains


3 cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup canola (or vegetable) oil

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

3 large apples


1 can cherry pie filling


Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, vanilla, oil, egg and baking powder until coarse crumbs form. (I use a mixer for a seriously easy experience, but you don’t need to use one.)

Peel and dice apples. Toss with some cinnamon. Spread 1/3 of the crumb mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Arrange apples on top of the crumbs. Spread another third of the crumbs over the apple mixture. Pour the cherry pie filling over the crumbs in the pan. This can be a bit tricky, as the filling is sticky and slightly hard to spread. I find that it spreads best when placed in small globs across the pan, then gently spread over the entire thing. Spread remaining crumbs over the cherry pie filling.

Note that none of the crumb layers will be very thick.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.



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  1. says

    OMG, this looks amazing, but the story about your Dad was awesome.. really tugged at the heart…and now you have this delicious, family tradition ‘cake/kugel’ :) This is why cooking/baking is LOVE.

    • Neomi says

      Totally food is prepared with love !! Otherwise it doesn’t taste good !!

      I know this is a kugel but I’m making it for Friday night dessert :)

      one layer will be cooked plums instead of cherry pie ( cos I have them in the fridge needing to be cooked )
      I just know my family will love this recipe !! Thank u :)!

  2. mommy says

    Thanks for all of the Yummy food this holiday. Just for a change, I used to use plums instead of cherry pie filling when I wanted it to be a little less sweet (and when I suddenly discovered that I didn’t have any pie filling). Your Mother

  3. Stefanie says

    Making it agin, it was a huge hit last time. Substituting strawberry for cherry this time and looking forward to serving it (and eating it!)

  4. Rivka says

    I made this on Thursday for Shabbos and it was delicious, but by Shabbos day the crumb topping had become soggy. How can I prevent this in the future? Thanks!

      • molly says

        I took a chance and it came out sweet enough. The cherry pie filling is very sweet so that adds to the sweetness of the whole cake. Thanks! Great recipe it was a hit!


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