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Aunt Beck’s Famous Two-Crust Apple Cake


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Aunt Beck’s Famous Two-Crust Apple Cake

This is my Aunt Beck, Rebecca Cohen's, famous 2 crust cake rivaling my mother's famous apple pie, both equally delicious.


  • Ready Time : 0 min





    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel, optional


    • 3 pounds pie/cake apples, peeled and sliced
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon if desired
    • 2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into tiny pieces


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To make the crust, beat the eggs, sugar, vegetable oil and orange juice together in a mixer set at medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until well mixed. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and orange peel, if used, and mix until a smooth, soft, uniform dough has formed, about 2-3 minutes. Cut the dough into two pieces, one piece twice as large as the other. Press the larger piece into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 13”x9” pan (or roll the dough and fit it inside the pan). Make the filling: mix the apples, sugar, cinnamon, if used, and flour together in a bowl (the amount of flour depending on juiciness of the apples) and place the mixture over the dough in the pan. Dot the surface with butter. Roll the smaller piece of dough and place it on top. Press the edges to seal them. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until well browned.


    About Ronnie Fein


    Ronnie Fein has been a freelance food and lifestyle writer since 1980. She has her own food blog, called Kitchen Vignettes. Ronnie is the author of Hip Kosher and operates the Ronnie Fein School of Creative Cooking in Stamford, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband. She has two married daughters and four grandchildren.




    5 Responses to Aunt Beck’s Famous Two-Crust Apple Cake

    1. avatar says: Aklein4

      is this freezer-friendly?

    2. Yes! When I freeze it, I thaw and then refresh for 15-20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

    3. Instead of vegetable oil, can you use safflower oil, olive oil, or avocado oil?

    4. Any vegetable oil would work, but I think olive oil flavor might be too strong and avocado oil is so expensive, not sure it’s value is out to best use here. I would use canola, peanut, safflower or soybean oil.

    5. when baking Aunt Beck’s two-crust apple/pie cake, should the top crust be pierced to let out steam as you would in a regular apple pie?

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