German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Apple cake is revered in Germany, and Rick Stein’s classic apfelkuchen with a crunchy cinnamon topping will show you why. Any dessert apples will work for this, but avoid using Bramleys that won’t keep their shape.

There is nothing more classic German than homemade Apfelkuchen. This old-fashioned German apple cake recipe combines simple but quality ingredients to produce a deliciously moist apple cake that will take you down memory lane!

This Apfelkuchen recipe lends itself well to adaptation.  You can stir the apples into the batter, mix some into the batter, place some on top, or place all of them on top in a pattern of choice.  You can also substitute with pears, apricots, plums or peaches.

This German apple cake is deliciously moist and only improves the following day!

The process is very simple and involves stirring the diced apples into the batter, pressing a few apples on top of the batter, and then baking.  Serve the cake on its own, with some whipped cream, or serve it with vanilla ice cream and/or a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

Optional Toppings for German Apple Cake

Three additional toppings you can apply to your Apfelkuchen:

  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar once the cake is cooled
  • Combine 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon with 1 tablespoon sugar and sprinkle over the HOT cake straight out of the oven, then let cool.
  • Bring 2 tablespoons apricot jam and 1 tablespoon water to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Brush the glaze over the HOT cake straight out of the oven and then let it cool.

Can you Freeze German Apple Cake?

Yes!  Wrap well and place it in a ziplock bag or plastic container.  It will freeze for up to 3 months.  Remove from freezer and let it thaw.

German apple cake

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 cups apples – peeled, cored, and diced

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch cake pan.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl; beat oil and eggs with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat well.

Step 3: Combine the flour salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon together in a bowl. Slowly add this mixture to the egg mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be very thick. Fold in the apples by hand using a wooden spoon. Spread batter into the prepared pan.

Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until cake tests are done. Let the cake cool on a wire rack. Once the cake is cool serve with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar or with a Cream Cheese Frosting.

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