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German Apple Cake Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

German Apple Cake Recipe

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.

Source: orangepippin.com

Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake) Recipe

Apfelkuchen - German Apple Cake - Delicious!

Apfelkuchen - German Apple Cake - Delicious!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

8 cake slices

Ingredients

  • 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*
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Shortening

*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.

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Italian plums are the dark purple ones that are oval shaped.

If you like apples and cinnamon, then this light and airy apple cake is for you!

If you like apples and cinnamon, then this light and airy apple cake is for you!

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.

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8" or 9" springform pan by greasing it with shortening and lightly flouring it. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, into the butter and sugar mixture, stirring until each one is fully incorporated.
  4. Add dry ingredients into the butter mixture, stirring until mixed.
  5. 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.
  6. Spoon the dough mixture into the prepared springform pan. It may not look like a lot of dough, but it will rise.
  7. 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.
  8. 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°.
  9. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Photo Instructions

Step-by-step photos are provided below.

Prepare Dough

Combine ingredients as directed until well mixed.  Here is the apple cake dough ready for the pan.  As you can see, it is a thick dough.

Combine ingredients as directed until well mixed. Here is the apple cake dough ready for the pan. As you can see, it is a thick dough.

Put the Dough in the Pan

Spoon the dough into the prepared pan, making sure to spread it evenly.  Remember that it is not a lot of dough, but it will rise.

Spoon the dough into the prepared pan, making sure to spread it evenly. Remember that it is not a lot of dough, but it will rise.

Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake) Ready for the Oven

Place the prepared apples in a pattern of your choice.  The dough will rise and bake through the apples.

Place the prepared apples in a pattern of your choice. The dough will rise and bake through the apples.

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!

A slice of this german apple cake and a cup of tea make for a perfect afternoon break.

A slice of this german apple cake and a cup of tea make for a perfect afternoon break.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

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