Originally published in September 2018; updated October 2021.
Nothing says fall like the smell of apples baking in the oven, right? Fall is my favorite season for obvious reasons – the changing of the colors, the cool, crisp air, and of course, apple harvest and the recipes that go with it (like this Traditional German Apple Cake recipe I’m about to share).
To celebrate one of the best seasons, our team wanted to share this delish apple cake created by our baker friend Caroline Hurley of Taste, Love and Nourish. This cake is seriously so good and so easy to make that you could make it tonight if you wanted. In Germany, it is actually called Apfelkuchen, which literally means “Apple Cake.” This cake is traditionally known to be very soft and moist and incorporates very simple ingredients making it easy to whip up anytime. It includes some very common fall spices, including nutmeg and cinnamon. It also calls for apple sauce which always makes baked goods moister without adding in an overpowering flavor.
With the simplicity of the ingredients, combined with the delicious taste of freshly harvested apples, you have yourself a real treat with this cake. So what apples should you try in this cake? Definitely give Piñata® apples a try. Piñata® is a great baking apple as it withstands heat really well, but is still juicy, and also has a great flavor profile to add to the flavor of the cake. w It’s also readily available most months of the year. If Piñata® isn’t an option, other great baking apples include SweeTango®, Fuji, Pink Lady®, Granny Smith or Golden Delicious.
So, if you make this cake tonight, tomorrow or sometime this fall season or have a similar recipe to this one, let us know in the comments below! We are always up to hear more tips and tricks when it comes to baking cakes!