German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

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!

Craving more German fruity cakes?  Be sure to try our German Plum Cake, German Rhubarb Streusel Cake, Pineapple Cake and Apple Strudel!

german apple cake recipe apfelkuchen rezept traditional authentic classic moist butter

This German apple cake recipe takes me back to my childhood when my mom or my Oma would bake it or when we would stop by the local German bakery in Stuttgart to buy a slice to enjoy while strolling through the Fussgängerzone (pedestrian zone) of downtown.

Like most traditional cakes the ingredients are simple but the outcome is absolutely wonderful.  For the best results choose quality butter.  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.

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

german apple cake recipe apfelkuchen rezept traditional authentic classic moist butter

German Apple Cake Recipe

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, our homemade German Vanilla Sauce, or serve it with vanilla ice cream and/or a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

german apple cake recipe apfelkuchen rezept traditional authentic classic moist butter

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 recipe apfelkuchen rezept traditional authentic classic moist butter

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet May 19, 2022

 

 

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