German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen) — As delicious as it sounds, this German Apple Cake isn’t only yummy and moist. It is very easy to replicate in your very own kitchen! This German Apple Cake Recipe is probably one of the easiest cake recipes I’ve tried.
After several months of break, I am finally back with a new delicious German recipe! I apologise for taking such a long break but at the same time, I am excited to announce that I have been working hard on growing my freelance Virtual Assistant business during this time.
Currently, it is apple season in Germany. There are so many ways to prepare apples. My favourite way is to bake them. The German Apple Cake is delicious and moist. Most importantly, it is very easy to bake. It is also a good last-minute cake to bake. As long as you have enough ingredients at home and on time, you can easily whip up this cake to impress your guests.
Tips on making German Apple Cake
Apples: For this recipe, you can use any type of apples. Sour apples may add a touch of sourness to the cake. However, if you prefer a less sweet apple cake, feel free to do so. I have personally tried several types of apples for this recipe. To be honest, I use whatever apples I have at home. I have even tried this recipe with old apples. The end product never fails.
Eggs: This Apfelkuchen recipe uses a similar cake mixture as my Easter Lamb Cake Recipe. It uses Rührteig, which means that there is no need to separate the egg into egg white and yolk. You do not need to beat egg white separately.
Milk: It is important not to add too much milk to the German apple cake because it would thin out the batter. In this case, it is best to use only 5 tablespoons of milk.
Lemon Zest: This ingredient is optional. The cake also tastes amazing without the lemon zest. I personally like the lemon flavour in the particular cake, since lemon adds a refreshing flavour and touch to the German apple cake.
Cinnamon: This step is also optional and comes last. I love apple cinnamon flavour. However, not everyone does. I would suggest serving cinnamon powder separately to your German apple cake. It can be added according to individual needs and wants.
How to make German Apple Cake Recipe
Firstly, add butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, and eggs into your mixing bowl. Combine the ingredients using an electric mixer or manually with a whisk.
In a separate bowl, add baking powder to the all-purpose flour and mix them. Thereafter, pour the dry ingredients (lemon zest, baking powder, and flour) into the egg mixture. Mix everything again.
To prevent the Apfelkuchen from sticking to the cake pan. Grease a springform cake pan with some butter and spread some flour all over the pan. After which, preheat the oven to 180 °C.
Now we can start peeling and cutting the apples into quarters. Remove the seeds from the apples. After which, slice the apples into roughly 0.5 cm thick slices. Although it does not make a big difference to the looks and taste of the end product, you may distribute some lemon juice over the apple slices, to prevent browning. This is completely optional.
Thereafter, transfer the cake mixture into the springform cake tin and layer apple slices on top of the batter. Depending on the oven, bake the apple cake for roughly 50 minutes.
After baking, take out the Apfelkuchen from the oven. Use the toothpick trick to check, if your cake is ready. Let it cool down for about 20 minutes before trying to get the apple cake out of the cake tin.
Before serving, spread some icing sugar and cinnamon powder (optional) over the cake. The German apple cake can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
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How to serve Apfelkuchen
This German Apple Cake tastes best when served warm. Before serving, simply spread some icing sugar and cinnamon on top of the cake. I usually just serve this fruit cake with icing sugar, since not everyone likes the taste of cinnamon. As mentioned, to overcome this “problem”, just serve the cinnamon powder separately. It can be added individually.
How to store German Apple Cake
In an airtight container, this German Apple Cake can be stored for up to 2 days in a cool and dry place. I like to keep mine in the cellar. This Apfelkuchen can also be frozen for a few months. Before serving, take the frozen apple cake out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and warm it up in the baking oven for 15 minutes at 120 °C. However, my family finishes our cake within two days, since it is delicious and so simple to bake.
Have you tried this recipe? If yes, I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my family does. Show me and tag me #chenguins on social media, so that I can see your recreation as well.
What is your favourite apple creation? Tell me in the comment section below!
Until next time & guten Appetit!
Greetings from the Black Forest,
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Easy Awesome German Apple Cake Recipe (Apfelkuchen Rezept)
- Springform Cake Pan (26 cm diameter)
Ingredients you need
- 125 g Butter room temperature
- 125 g Sugar
- 1 Packet Vanilla Sugar/ Vanilla flavour
- 3 Eggs
- 6 g Lemon Zest/ Lemon flavour optional
- 200 g All-Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 5 tbsp Milk
- 5 Apples may vary accoding to size
- 10 ml Lemon Juice optional
For the Springform Cake Pan
- 5 g Butter
- 10 g All-Purpose Flour
- 20 g Icing Sugar
- 0.5 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- In a mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, and eggs.
- Combine the ingredients using an electric mixer or manually with a whisk.
- In a separate bowl, add baking powder to the all-purpose flour and mix them.
- Thereafter, pour the dry ingredients (lemon zest, baking powder, and flour) into the egg mixture. Mix everything.
- Grease a springform cake pan with some butter and spread some flour all over the pan. This is to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
- Peel and cut the apples into quarters. Remove the seeds from the apples. After which, slice the apple into roughly 0.5 cm thick slices. It is optional to distribute some lemon juice over the apple slices, in order to prevent browning.
- Transfer the cake mixture into the springform cake pan and layer apple slices on top of the batter.
- Depending on the oven, bake the apple cake for roughly 50 minutes.
- After baking, take out the Apfelkuchen from the oven. Use the toothpick trick to check, if your cake is ready. Let it cool down for about 20 minutes before trying to get the apple cake out of the cake tin.
- Before serving, spread some icing sugar and cinnamon powder (optional) over the German apple cake.
- The Apfelkuchen can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.