Traditional German Apple Cake



  • 4 medium Piñata® apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 12 slices
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Whip up this easy German Apple Cake when you're in need of a delicious dessert!

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  • Yield
    10 servings
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  • Cuisine
    European, American
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9-inch springform cake pan with baking spray or butter.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the apple slices with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar for two minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds. Add the applesauce and beat until combined.
  7. Using a rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture gently, just until combined.
  8. Spread the batter into the cake pan.
  9. Arrange the apple slices into concentric circles on top of the batter, very slightly pushing them in. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar on top.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool on a wire rack until completely cooled before removing from the pan.

Note: Use a combination of apples for best results. Try a mix of Fuji, Piñata®, Pink Lady® or Gala.

    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories: 331
    • Fat Content: 11.6g
    • Cholesterol Content: 99mg
    • Sodium Content: 96mg
    • Carbohydrate Content: 53.7g
    • Fiber Content: 3.1g
    • Sugar Content: 30.8g
    • Protein Content: 5.5g