Oma's German Apple Cake Recipe 

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Here's my easy traditional German apple cake recipe, aka Versunkener Apfelkuchen, that's sure to please. It looks so amazingly 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, such a fancy-looking German food to enjoy.

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

What's so extra nice about this easy apple cake is that it ALWAYS turns out. And did I already say that it looks so pretty too! Which is pretty amazing for something that's so quick and easy to make.

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

Slicing the apples without cutting all the way through produces the pattern as the apples bake. In other words, the cake goes into the oven looking pretty ordinary, but comes out looking mighty extra-ordinary. What's so extra nice about this apple cake is that it ALWAYS turns out. And, did I mention, quick and easy?

Kaffeeklatsch Trivia with a cup of coffee and steam rising
  • 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, apple dumplings, etc.

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

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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 9x12-inch pan ... works just as well. 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!

Lydia Remembers...

I have so many wunderbar memories in the kitchen with my Oma, and have had MANY of her most popular and traditional recipes, like this apple cake! 

I've enjoyed this recipe multiple times on my work days at Oma's. I'll walk in to see this scrumptious cake sitting on the counter, and my mouth just starts to water. But I have to tell myself "No, Lydia. Wait until 3 o'clock coffee break time!"

The absolute best part about this recipe is when you take a big dollop of Oma's homemade whipped cream and plop it right on top! Especially when the cake is fresh out of the oven and it's still warm, then the whipped cream melts over it. Or serve it with french vanilla ice cream! Oh my, what a lecker treat that is too! 

I LOVE this cake! The soft crunch of the sweet apples is absolutely delicious! It gives you so much opportunity to be creative and if you've read up on me, you know how much I love when something gives the chance to show creativity. With an artsy mind you can really get creative with anything if you put your mind to it!

This cake is no exception. Get your creative juices flowing! Make a fancy design with those apples, add cinnamon to make it taste like apple pie, sprinkle powdered's all in your hands :)

Now, I know Oma may call this her emergency cake, but I call it her exquisitely beautiful cake! Her cake made with love, and made deliciously German.

Learn a little bit about me, Lydia, and my kitchen adventures with Oma!

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

25 minutes

Cook Time

50 minutes

Total Time

75 minutes


Makes 12 servings


  • 3 - 5 apples
  • ½ cup (114 grams) room temperature unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 milliliter) lemon juice
  • 1¾ cup (228 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon (6 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) salt
  • ½ cup (120 milliliter) milk
  • powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  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 to 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.


  • Extra apples? Make this buffet treat!
  • Add ½ to 1 teaspoon 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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03.30.2021 revision update

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

Oma's Apfelkuchen ~ German Apple Cake Recipe

Oma's Apfelkuchen ~ German Apple Cake Recipe
This German apple cake always looks amazing and tastes scrumptious! So quick and easy to make, it's just like Oma's versunkener Apfelkuchen served fresh from the oven.

Ingredients: apples, butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, powdered sugar,

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