Apple Pie Pumpkin Cake

September 24, 2009

Author Notes: Is it a pie? Is it a cake? The answer is both. It's also a celebration of fall's bounty and family. Now that my mother-in-law's almost 80, I've taken on the role of hosting the Jewish holidays (not a small task for a gal raised Italian-Catholic). Apples and honey are two foods used to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. On the Jewish New Year apple slices are traditionally dipped in honey after a blessing is said for wishes of a sweet new year. Jennifer Perillo

Serves: 8 to 10


  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins, steeped in boiling water & well drained
In This Recipe


  1. Butter and flour a 9-inch, 3-inch-deep springform pan. Heat oven to 350F. Dice 1/2 cup of butter, and let it come to room temperature.
  2. In a large sauté pan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of the butter, then sauté the apples over medium-high heat until softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Stir the honey and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon into the apples and cook until the liquids are thick and bubbly.
  3. In a stand mixer, combine the flour, brown sugar, salt and the remaining spices and mix. Toss in the diced butter and mix until the butter is broken into pea-sized pieces. Reserve 2/3 cup of the mixture for the streusel topping. Add the baking soda to the mixing bowl and mix; then add the pumpkin, sour cream, and eggs, beating until smooth. Stir in the raisins. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Spread the sautéed apples over the batter, then sprinkle the streusel on top. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with no batter clinging to it. May be served warm or cooled to room temperature. Best served the same day.

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