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German Apple Cake on a platter with a slice out.

German Apple Cake

Teri & Jenny
A simple German Apple Cake recipe (Versunkener Apfelkuchen) that is delicious, beautiful and unsuspectingly low maintenance.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
cooling time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine german
Servings 8
Calories 332 kcal


  • 3 ½ small apples (such as gala, pink lady, honeycrisp)
  • 1 ⅔ cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 10 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice each apple in half lengthwise and scoop out the core and seeds from both apple halves using a melon baller or measuring spoon. Lay each apple, cut side down, and thinly slice each apple half, leaving the halves intact. Set aside.
  • Pour flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk together.
    Dry ingredients whisked together in a glass bowl for german apple cake.
  • In another mixing bowl combine butter and sugar and beat together with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
    Cream together butter and sugar in a glass bowl.
  • Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla and continue to mix together.
    Adding eggs and vanilla to a batter for german cake.
  • Scrape down sides of the bowl and add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir together until just combined and no lumps remain.
    Adding in dry ingredients for german apple cake.
  • Fold in milk until just combined.
    Making the batter for german apple cake.
  • Lightly grease a 9 inch cake pan (or fluted tart pan), place onto a baking sheet and pour the cake batter into the pan, evening out the surface with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.
    Batter in a tart pan ready to be baked.
  • Carefully place each apple half, cut side down, around the edge of the cake, about 1/4 inch apart, creating a ring. Place the final apple half in the center of the cake.
    German apple cake ready to be baked in an oven.
  • Place cake pan onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center area of the cake. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool, about 30 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and transfer to a platter or cake stand. Lightly dust with powdered sugar, slice and serve.
    German Apple Cake on a platter with a slice out.


  • *Makes 1 (9 inch) cake


Calories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 135mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 496IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple cake, cake recipe, german apple cake
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