German Apple Cake Recipe
One of my favorite things about having a mother from Germany is that, when I was growing up, she would make our family some of her favorite German recipes every once in a while. This apple cake was definitely one of those favorites.
She would make it for special occasions, and sometimes just because she felt like it. Now I make it for her, and it always brings back happy childhood memories.
What I have always loved most about this cake is that it is simple. It's not a big heavy layered cake with lots of frosting. It's just wholesome ingredients mixed together and made into a lovely light dessert.
Serve this cake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and cup of tea, and you'll feel like you are in Germany, having afternoon tea in a sidewalk cafe or konditorei (bakery).
Did You Know?
- China grows more than 50% of the world's apples.
- Apples are members of the rose family.
- On average, one person eats 45 pounds of apples a year.
- Apples are 25% air, which is why they float.
Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake) Recipe
Rate my apple cake recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 4-5 small apples, thinly sliced*
- Lemon juice
*Note: I use granny smith apples because they are not so sweet and they hold up well when baking. You can use whatever apples you would like, but I would recommend a firmer apple.
Instead of using apples, substitute 10-15 italian plums. There is no need to peel them, just wash, pit and slice them. They add a nice fresh tartness to the cake. Prepare the recipe as directed.
Italian plums are the dark purple ones that are oval shaped.
Baking Tips for This Cake
- This is a thick dough, almost a frosting-like consistency. Make sure to spread it evenly in the pan.
- This is not a large, thick cake. It ends up being about 2" thick. I used a 9" pan, but if you use an 8" pan, the cake will be thicker.
- Even if your pan says it is non-stick, prepare it as directed in the recipe. This dough sticks easily.
- Prepare an 8" or 9" springform pan by greasing it with shortening and lightly flouring it. Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add eggs, one at a time, into the butter and sugar mixture, stirring until each one is fully incorporated.
- Add dry ingredients into the butter mixture, stirring until mixed.
- Meanwhile, peel and core your apples. Thinly slice them (about 1/4" thick) and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and fresh lemon juice and mix gently. Set aside.
- Spoon the dough mixture into the prepared springform pan. It may not look like a lot of dough, but it will rise.
- Place the prepared apples on top of the dough. Press them in a bit, but not all the way to the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle top of cake with some sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. If you are using a dark pan, check it earlier or set your oven temperature down to 325°.
- Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Step-by-step photos are provided below.
Put the Dough in the Pan
Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake) Ready for the Oven
Enjoy Your Cake!
Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, and cut yourself a piece of this german apple cake. Put a little whipped cream on top and enjoy!
It's a little bit like having a taste of Germany in your own backyard!
|Serving size: 1 slice|
|Calories from Fat||117|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 13 g||20%|
|Carbohydrates 49 g||16%|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 83 mg||28%|
|Sodium 17 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
© 2013 Claudia Mitchell