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Molly's Sweet and Spicy Tzimmes Cake Recipe

Molly's Sweet and Spicy Tzimmes Cake Recipe

My husband and I are always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate Jewish traditions into our interfaith home. Rich with apples, carrots and sweet potato, this sweet and spicy cake is perfect for Rosh Hashana or any fall holiday.—Molly Haendler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup white wine or orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sweet potatoes, wine, lemon juice and vanilla.
  • 3. In another bowl, whisk flour, orange peel, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices; gradually beat into sweet potato mixture. Gently fold in apple, cranberries, carrots and raisins.
  • 4. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 309 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.