German Apple Cake

Dessert | November 13, 2017 | By

Easy German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

My German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen) recipe.  Juicy apples baked in a lovely golden sponge with an apricot jam glaze. It is perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert as well as parties, picnics and afternoon treats.

Watch My Easy German Apple Cake Recipe Video (3m 57s)

This German Apple Cake is very easy to make! Even novice bakers can bake it. It tastes sweet with a slight tangy flavour and is sooo moist. This cake is definitely my favourite cake! Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream or my easy caramel sauce.

This recipe is adapted from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jig8QKaWol8

My husband and I travelled to Europe for a month in Summer a long time ago! I can’t believe that was 17 years ago! Don’t ask how old I am. Lol… We went to France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenTo start with, it was sunny and hot. We camped a lot and then it started raining. We ended up staying in guest houses and hostels. The camp sites in Germany were the most impressive. There were swimming pools, bars, coffee shops and restaurants.

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenThe only problem was they were partying too much at night drinking and drinking. I couldn’t sleep. I am a kind of a person who can sleep in a Karaoke room. So, you can imagine how noisy it was!

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenAfter having not enough sleep in a camp site, my husband and I went to a coffee shop in the morning to get a cake and coffee. Oh my goodness, their cakes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I forgave the noisy people at night! German cake reminds me of those noisy campsites. 🙂


They have gorgeous bread, sausages and beer as well! They are lucky people. Mmmm. Germany is a delicious country.

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenAfter that holiday, we went to Germany many more times to eat all their cakes and bread!  We used to drive through the Channel Tunnel and drive up through France, Netherlands and finally Germany. It is not too far from England to drive. That’s a benefit about living in England as a part of Europe!

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenWhen my husband found this cake recipe on the internet, I thought it would be fantastic! This recipe is from ….   I made 150% of the ingredients as I like big cakes! I might as well bake big cakes rather than little ones.

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenWhen I baked this cake, my whole family loved it! My 7 year old daughter went in for another slice. The whole cake was gone in a second! I usually cook apples beforehand when making apple cakes, but, in this recipe the apples just need peeling and slicing.  Keep any peeled apples in a bowl covered in cold water. It will stop them going brown.

German Apple Cake ApfelkuchenIt is soooo easy and super tasty! I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do!

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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
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Serves: 8
This German Apple Cake is very easy to make! Even novice bakers can bake it. It tastes sweet with a slight tangy flavour and is sooo moist. This cake is definitely my favourite cake!
What You'll Need
  • 188g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 160g Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • A Pinch of Sea Salt
  • A few drops of Lemon Extract
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 3 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 5 Apples, peeled and chopped
  • 4 tbsp Apricot Jam (warmed in microwave)
How to Make It
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F (fan oven).
  2. Grease a cake tin with butter and line the bottom with baking paper.
  3. Whisk the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and add the vanilla extract, salt and lemon extract. Whisk until mixed.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time whisking for 30 seconds each time.
  5. Sieve the flour and baking powder together and add it to the egg mixture. Add the milk and whisk until mixed.
  6. Peel and chop 2 apples into 2cm cubes. Fold them gently into the mixture with a spatula and transfer the mixture into the cake tin.
  7. For the topping, peel and slice the remaining apples and arrange on top of the cake batter in a nice pattern. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the middle clean.
  8. Shortly before the cake is done, warm the apricot jam in the microwave or small pan and give it a stir to loosen it up.
  9. When the cake is done, take it out of the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
  10. Run a pallet knife around the edge to loosen the cake. Carefully remove it from the tin and lay on a cooling rack. Brush the top with the warm jam and leave to cool.


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