Easy German Apple Cake Recipe [Authentic Apfelkuchen] - Masala Herb (2024)

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Easy German apple cake, great for beginners and if you need a cake instantly. Deliciously moist and with raw apples. You need to bake this German dessert asap! Everyone loves apple cake.

Total Time: 1 hour hour

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes minutes

12 slices

4.6 from 164 votes

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Easy German Apple Cake, also known as Apfelkuchen in German, prepared with raw harvest time apples.

This is a traditional recipe is authentic and from my region Tyrol Austria and Bavaria Germany.

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  • 📕 What is the German Apple Cake?
  • 🍎 Apple varieties
  • 🥚 Ingredients
  • 🔪 How to make it?
  • 🥣 Serving
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  • 💡 The Cake is suitable for the following diets:
  • 👁️ Cake Recipes from the region
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📕 What is the German Apple Cake?

To prepare the German apple cake, a dough is mixed and the apples are cut and placed on top of the cake before being baked.

This is the fundamental difference to say a French apple cake.

The German Apple Cake, as the name indicates, comes from the central Europeanregion.

To be more precise the apple cake, aka Apfelkuchen is a Bavarian German dessert AND an Austrian cake.

Bavaria and the touching Austrian regions have everything in common.

The name German apple cake for this dessert is a bit misleading in that sense (as it goes with many dishes from that region such as the Red Cabbage side dish) because both countries call these dishes their own.

This is because Austria speaks German but it's not Germany (I had to point this out not to appear as a traitor to my country).

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🍎 Apple varieties

Apples are the main harvest in September and October besides other local tree fruits such as pears and plums.

In those two months, you end up eating more apple desserts than ever!

We grow a lot of different apple tree variations, it's hard to put a number on paper.

Most farmers have an apple tree, most people have a house and a garden with apple trees growing.

Apple trees are to Bavaria and the alpine regions in Austria and Switzerland, what maple trees are to Canadians!

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The list of apple varieties in English is super small compared to the extensive list of apples in Germanwhich includes the regional German dialect names as well.

This alone is an indication that we have a huge cultivar of apple varieties in central Europe.

In fact, the garden association promotes grafting of lesser known, almost extinct varieties of apples.

My dad grafted over 5 apple varieties on one young tree, that way we get to taste different apples!

Therefore, you have to understand, the choice of apples for this German apple cake is of minor importance.

People use what's in the garden. People rarely go to buy apples in villages because they can get apples from their local farmer or the neighborsgave them apples.

I personally I love my apple cake with a sour apple variety because I don't like my cake overly sweet.

Which apple you pick is up to you and you get to controlyour cakes outcome that way!

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🥚 Ingredients

To prepare a traditional apple cake, you will need only a few basic ingredients.

This includes all-purposeflour, sugar, eggs, butter, baking powder, a pinch salt, apples, and cinnamon.

The dough is mixed together, the apples are cut into slices and then placed over the dough in the mold. Simple and easy.

Some people like to add lemon zest to the dough, I skipped that because I like my cake with a cinnamon apple touch.

I would add lemon zest if I don't add cinnamon over the cake.

🔪 How to make it?

Here is an overview on how to make this cake from scratch. The full recipe with US and metric measurements is located further below in the recipe card.

Step 1

Combine all batter ingredients, butter, sugar, egg, baking powder, salt, flour.

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Step 2

Peel and slice apples.

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Step 3

Pour batter into the mold and arrange apple slices over that with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake.

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🥣 Serving

These days apples are common all year round, however, this traditional cake is still considered a fall dessert.

Therefore, you will see this German apple cake being served around our Thanksgiving period in October, also during festivals such as the Oktoberfest food harvest folks fest.

In Bavarian homes, and Austrian homes across the border, you will most probably be invited to a slice of this apple cake.

It's served during coffee time (around 3 pm) with whipped cream.

Some people go all the way and serve up a cold sausage and cheese platter as well.

Sometimes, you bake an apple cake and share some with your neighbors.

You can bake this cake and share it with family and friends by inviting them over for a little casual chat.

That way you will catch up with "village" gossip. 🙂

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I like to use a hand mixer to blend the ingredients together but a kitchen machine works great too!

A simple silicon spatula is your best friend to mix for various reasons as you can see in the video.

For the cake mold, I use an 8-inch springform because I can take out the cake easily once baked without breaking anything.

💡 The Cake is suitable for the following diets:

  1. Vegetarian
  2. Nut-free

👁️ Cake Recipes from the region

  • Strudel dough for Apple Strudel
  • Black Forest Cake
  • Classic Apple Tart
  • French Apple Cake (see on top below the first picture)

Dear reader, when are you planning to bake this German apple cake?

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Easy German apple cake, great for beginners and if you need a cake instantly. Deliciously moist and with raw apples. You need to bake this German dessert asap! Everyone loves apple cake.

4.60 from 164 votes

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: German

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour

Servings: 12 slices

Calories: 201kcal

Recipe by: Helene Dsouza

Ingredients

US - Metric

Instructions

  • Place the soft butter into a mixing bowl with the sugar. Mix and whisk the butter-sugar into a creamy consistency.

  • Add the Eggs to the mix and blend smooth.

  • Now add in the Salt and baking powder. Besides that throw in some of the flour. Start to blend the mixture and continue to add in the flour, step by step, until you have used up everything.

  • Mix the whole content to a smooth batter.

  • Peel your apples, cut into slices.

  • Heat up your oven to 180 Celsius/ 350 Fahrenheit.

  • Prepare a springform with a layer of baking paper at the bottom.

  • Pour the batter into the mold and spread evenly.

  • Arrange your apple slices on top.

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar over the apple slices.

  • Bake the cake for about 38 minutes or until the cake is golden on the outside and baked on the inside. Test if it's done by going into the cake with a knife. If the knife comes back clean, it's baked through.

Notes

  1. Use sour apples if you want a cake that is less sweet.
  2. You may leave the apple skin on the apples and just cut them into slices.
  3. One serving size equals 1 cake slice. The nutritional details are according to one serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Easy German Apple Cake Recipe - Apfelkuchen

Amount Per Serving (105 g)

Calories 201Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 5g25%

Cholesterol 61mg20%

Sodium 85mg4%

Potassium 150mg4%

Carbohydrates 28g9%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 12g13%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 320IU6%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 43mg4%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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FAQs

Where in Germany did Apfelkuchen originate? ›

Apfelküchle
Fresh Apfelküchle
Place of originBaden-Württemberg, Germany
Main ingredientsApple, Flour, eggs, Milk
Media: Apfelküchle

What is apple cake made of? ›

Ingredients For Apple Cake

Apples (anything can work, but Honeycrisp or Granny Smith Apples are 💯) Dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, brown sugar) Wet ingredients (egg, oil, buttermilk, vanilla) Cinnamon.

What's the difference between apple pie and apple cake? ›

The main difference for a baker, is that pies are made with pastry and cakes are made with sponges. The techniques, ingredients and methods for making these are very different.

Where is apple cake from? ›

British & Irish. Regions of Great Britain and Ireland have the ideal climate for apple growing, making apple cake a common dessert with many regional varieties throughout.

Why does my apple cake fall apart? ›

Why Did My Apple Cake Fall Apart? There are two main reasons why an apple cake would fall apart: (1) it was simply too warm when you were trying to cut and serve it or (2) you used too many/the wrong kind of apple.

Why is my apple cake dry? ›

If you have too much flour in a recipe and not enough fat, like butter or oil, your cake is going to be dry and hard.

What type of apple is best for baking a cake? ›

Granny Smith (Tart)

Granny Smiths are typically my go-to apple for baking, so I'll always have them on hand during the fall months. Their tart, citrusy flavor make them perfect for sweet baked goods, where there's sugar in the recipe. I love using these for homemade caramel apples, too.

Should you refrigerate apple cake? ›

I always peel my apples before baking – it's a texture thing for me. If you'd rather not peel your apples, Slice them very thinly, or even shred, vs dice. How to store: Fresh Apple Cake will keep well tightly covered on the counter for 2-3 days, though you can extend it's life by refrigerating for up to 4 days.

What is the shelf life of apple cake? ›

The cake is very moist and can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for 2 to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Does apple cake go in the fridge? ›

If your glaze thickened up too much as it cooled, warm in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir until smooth. The cake (glazed, dusted, or plain) can be served warm or at room temperature. Cover leftovers and store at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

What is depression cake made of? ›

Depression cake
A modern chocolate depression-style cake.
Alternative namesMilkless Eggless Butterless Cake, Boiled Raisin Cake, War Cake
TypeCake
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsFlour, apples or pears, raisins or prunes, spices (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg), nuts (walnuts, almonds, or pecans)

What are fairy cakes made of? ›

Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 of the flour and 1/2 of the eggs; beat until smooth. Add remaining flour and eggs and beat until batter is light and fluffy. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

Is apple cake made of egg? ›

🥣 In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Then add eggs and oil, and mix until smooth. Next, gently fold in the apples. ♨️ Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

What type of cake is fruit cake made from? ›

Fruitcake or fruit cake is a cake made with candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and optionally soaked in spirits. In the United Kingdom, certain rich versions may be iced and decorated. Quickbread or yeasted.

What is the fruit in fruit cake made of? ›

Key ingredients in a fruit cake

Candied fruits: Fruits like cherries, orange peel, pineapple and citron and are often candied by preserving them in sugar syrup. They add sweetness and a wonderful vibrant colour to fruit cake, and can often be bought at your local grocery store to save time!

What is apple crumb made of? ›

Apple Crumble Recipe Ingredients

All-purpose flour and almond flour – The almond flour adds extra richness to the topping, while the all-purpose flour keeps it light and crisp. Whole rolled oats – Because to me, nothing says fall like oats, nuts, and apples. Walnuts – For crunch!

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