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Oma's German Apple Cake Recipe 

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Traditional German Apple Cake that's so quick and easy to make.

Here's my easy traditional German apple cake recipe, aka Versunkener Apfelkuchen, that's sure to please. It looks so pretty and is so easy to make.

It's one I learned early on in my marriage and I really depended upon it to make a good impression on the in-laws! A fresh dusting of icing sugar just before company comes, and ta-da, looks fancy.

What's so nice about this easy apple cake is that it ALWAYS turns out. And it looks so pretty too! 


Kaffeeklatsch Trivia with a cup of coffee and steam rising
  • German apple desserts come in a variety of types such as apple strudel, apple pie, apple crumble, apple crisp, apple cake, apple galette, applesauce cake, apple cheesecake, etc.

Grab a copy of my own German Cake e-Cookbook in English to help you relive wonderful memories of Oma's kitchen. 

Sharing traditional German cakes, made using easily available ingredients, ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our heritage.

What type of Apples to use for Apple Cake?

  • Although any type of apple can be used when cooking and baking, certain types are better for cakes since they keep their shape longer
  • The best apples to use are those that are both sweet and tart. Mackintosh, Cortlands, Empires, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Mutsu are especially wonderful when used in cakes and strudels

If you're into quick German recipes like I am, this German apple cake recipe will be one of your favorite ones you'll probably memorize!

The German word for this is Versunkener Apfelkuchen translated as "sunken apple cake" ... sounds so much prettier in German than in English LOL

Oma's German apple cake is such a family favorite! Such a yummy treat full of that traditional apple flavor

Such a quick and easy recipe to make .... and it looks so pretty!

This German Apple Cake usually finds its way onto my holiday table. Always looks so festive and it's so quick and easy to make.

Oma's German apple cake is such a family favorite!

This cake is absolutely delicious when served fresh, warm right out of the oven. However, it does last for a couple of days, remaining nice and moist because of the apples.

I've made this in a foil 9" x 12" pan ... works just as good. Great if you're taking it to a picnic. Perfect for a picnic, for a family dinner, and for a party! Always a winner!

Oma says,

"What's an "emergency cake?"

Well, the phone just rang and company's on its way!

My head spins -- quick dessert recipes, which one? Ah, My best cake recipe -- this one!

Ready to bake this apple cake?

Oma's German Apple Cake Recipe

Here's my traditional German apple cake recipe, aka Versunkener Apfelkuchen, that's sure to please. It looks so pretty and is so very easy to make.

It's one I learned early on in my marriage and I really depended upon it to make a good impression on the in-laws! A fresh dusting of icing sugar just before company comes, and ta-da, looks so fancy.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

55 minutes

Total Time

70 minutes

Servings:

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 - 5 apples
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
  3. Peel, quarter, and core apples. Thinly slice each quarter several times without cutting all the way through. Do this just before you place them on cake. The apples "open" when they are baked.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar, eggs and lemon juice until creamy.
  5. Blend flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
  6. Spread batter in the pan. Arrange apple quarters as shown.
  7. Bake 50 - 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan on wire rack. Remove the cake from pan.
  9. Dust with icing sugar just before serving. Put a tablespoon of powdered sugar into a small sieve. Gently strike the sieve with a spoon to dust it evenly over cake.

Notes/Hints:

  • Add ½ to 1 tsp almond extract instead of or as well as the lemon juice.
  • Brush hot sieved apricot jam over the apples right after the cake comes out of the oven.
  • Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
  • Tastes best warm right out of the oven or the following day once the apples have infused their flavor through the cake.

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Traditional German Apple Cake that's so quick and easy to make.
Oma's German apple cake is such a family favorite! Such a yummy treat full of that traditional apple flavor
Oma's german apple cake is such a family favorite! Such a yummy treat full of that traditional apple flavor

German Apple Cake Recipe made Just like Oma

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German Apple Cake Recipe made Just like Oma
This German Apple Cake recipe is quick and easy and looks great too. It's something you can quickly put together just before company comes, and then serve, still warm from the oven.

Ingredients: apple, egg, butter

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