Apfelkuchen / Apple Cake

Every culture has its own unique foods, and even though so many Germans settled in America, it can be challenging to find high quality German food.  My mom makes several outstanding traditional dishes in her own kitchen, and one of my favorites is our take on Apfelkuchen. This recipe has a very simple ingredients list, and it is very easy to throw together.  My boys helped me bake this one, they even stuck the apples in themselves! Apfelkuchen can be served warm or cold, goes best with cream, and is the perfect way to use up wrinkly or bruised apples. I had to use canned whipped cream this time, but if you’re making this for a party or special dinner, buy some heavy cream and whip it yourself. Throw in some of Dr. Oetker’s Whip It  and ooohhh man, is it tasty! Serve with milk, coffee, or tea. Guten Appetit!



  • ½ C butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 large apples (peeled, cored, thinly sliced)
  • Cinnamon & sugar for the top


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until combined, add eggs and combine.
  3. Add vanilla, baking powder, and flour, mix well.
  4. Pour into pan (see note below).
  5. Arrange apples on the top in any design you wish, pressing in slightly.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes; let cool before serving.

Note: I use a greased springform pan, with a circle of parchment paper on the bottom so it releases effortlessly. If you don’t own one, and don’t have time to buy one, you can use a normal cake pan that is well greased and dusted with flour.


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