German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Background and History

German Apple Cake, known as “Apfelkuchen,” is a delightful dessert deeply rooted in German baking traditions. With a perfect blend of fresh apples, warm spices, and a buttery crust, this cake has been cherished in households across Germany for generations, offering a taste of comfort and nostalgia.


4-5 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream



Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Creaming Butter and Sugars

In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Adding Wet Ingredients

Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla extract.

Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the sour cream, until well combined.

Layering the Batter

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan.

Arrange sliced apples evenly over the batter.

Cover with the remaining batter.


Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

Note: Nutritional information may vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes.

Calories: Approximately 300 per serving

Protein: 4g

Fat: 15g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 25g


For added flavor, toss apple slices in a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar before layering them in the cake.

Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

Allergy Warning

Check for allergens in the flour and ensure there are no nut allergies in any added toppings or mix-ins.

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