1. Are you using powdered sugar in the German apple cake batter or granulated. Your recipe says ‘white’ sugar for batter and dusting.
    Thanks…cake looks yummy

    1. Author

      Thanks for the question. The white sugar is just your regular old granulated sugar, nothing fancy. I was trying to differentiate from brown sugar and white sugar. Hope you like it, I know we all do!

  2. Oh yum! I cannot wait to try this tasty looking cake. Our local orchard just announced the opening of apple picking season so I am busy planning my kitchen duties- apple sauce, apple pie filling, spiced cider, and THIS CAKE! It looks simple and delicious.

    1. Author

      Thanks for your comment. I love fall because of all the amazing apple recipes available. I hope you love this as much as we all do.

  3. I was invited to an Oktoberfest party so wanted an authentic recipe since many German people were attending. I also had an art show preview last Friday night, and needed to bring a dessert.

    Made it in a 9″ springform pan for Friday’s event. I wasn’t exactly sure how to position the apples so I almost stood the slices on edge, in a swirled pattern. It was gorgeous! It was gobbled up so quickly that I never even got a slice. I only had to bake it for about 40 minutes to be perfect.

    Because it went over so well, I did it for yesterday’s party. This time, I doubled the recipe and used a 10×15 Pyrex baking dish. I arranged the apples in a wave pattern this time. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the final sugar sprinkle this time but it wasn’t necessary. I baked this one for about 40 minutes, rotating my pan half way after 20 minutes. It probably could’ve used another 5 minutes since it was a little less sturdy to precut for the party. It was a smash success; I saw several people having second helpings, and was told that it tasted very authentic.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! It’s going to become one of those go-to recipes for me when I need an impressive, easy, delicious dish that comes together quickly with pantry staples.

  4. Hi! I think I’m going to bake this for an Oktoberfest party this weekend. What type of apples do you recommend? Do you use all one type or a mix?

    1. Author

      As a homestead, I use what I have on hand. With that said, I grow Fiji and Yellow Delicious apples. I have also put Gala apples in this cake before and it was just as good.

      1. Thanks! I wish I had an orchard close by for picking my own apples. I’ll probably go the easy route and just see what my grocery store has right now 🙂

  5. I had a similar recipe to this from an old Food & Wine mag. Stellar, so i’ll have to try this. Can I assume the apples are to be peeled? It doesn’t say, but I would imagine so.

    1. Author

      Yes, thank you for pointing that out. It does do better with peeled apples but I have made it with the peels on when I am pinched for time. Enjoy the recipe.

    1. Author

      My family is from the Bavarian region and my great-great grandfather owned a bakery. Baking is in my blood!!! 🙂

  6. This sounds so good. Can you use any kind of apple like granny or honey crisp?.

    1. Author

      I think so. This recipe is worth trying out with different types of apples and seeing which one works best for you.

  7. My sister makes a similar cake but without apples. It is a recipe from her Dutch relative. I will try this one soon!

  8. How much butter is a stick of butter?

  9. I just took this cake out of the oven and the smell is driving me crazy, it smells so yummy. We can’t wait to try it. The recipe was so easy and nice, what do you think about trying this with fresh peaches? Well on to my Cinnamon Banana Swirl Loaf, I have three over- ripe banana as on my counter. Thank you for this great recipe! I look forward to more like this one!

    1. Author

      Yes, this is a perfect base cake recipe to put with different kinds of fruit. Peaches would work and you can also use plums, that would make it Plum Kuchen which is another German traditional cake.

    1. Author

      Good question! Personally, there is never enough left to freeze, lol. But I do freeze all other baked goods. I think it will freeze okay but I am not 100% positive. You may want to cut a piece and freeze it overnight and then test it the next morning.

      Please let us all know if it works out!

  10. Is a stick of butter a quarter cup?

  11. Looks yummy! I’d like to give this a try. Just wondering if I have to use a springform pan. I don’t own one . Does a springform pan make it easier to take the cake out? I also want to clarify the type of sugar used in this recipe. I’m thinking that 1 cup of regular, granulated sugar is used in the cake mix and 3 tbsp of confectioners sugar is sprinkled on top. Did I guess right? Thanks for sharing your family recipe with us. Karen

    1. Author

      No you don’t HAVE to use a springform pan. It is a delicate but dense cake so the springform pan makes it much easier to take out of the pan. If you use a traditional cake pan, I am not sure how easy it will be to remove it.

  12. Thanks for your quick response. Could you also clarify my question regarding the type of sugar used? Does the top get dusted with both granulated sugar and confectionary sugar or just one kind? I think I see powdered (confectionary) sugar in the picture. Thanks again for sharing. Karen

    1. Author

      Sorry, its white granulated sugar in the cake mixture and powdered sugar dusted on top. I will clarify that in the recipe. Thanks. Hope you like the cake.

  13. Got it…thank you again for clarifying my sugar question….looking forward to trying your family recipe. Oma’s are the best! I had a Nona (Italian grandma) who could really cook and left wonderful memories of yummy food.😋

  14. Love it. My husband spent 3 years in Germany and said this was so reminiscent of cakes he had there. Going to make with peaches today as that is what I have on hand.

    1. Author

      Peaches would be amazing in this cake. The addition of plums would make it plum kuchen, which is another traditional German dessert. Thanks so much for your message.

    2. Hey! What type of applea.did.you use??

      1. Author

        You can use your favorite apples. I typically use a mixture of granny smith and gala apples.

  15. Should it go into the fridge, or should it stay room temperature?

    1. Author

      Store this cake like you would any other cake. You can eat it either way, room temp or cold.

  16. I made your Apfelkuchen dessert tonight and it was wonderful. I never even heard of of it before and was pleasantly surprised. My husband and I were craving something sweet and this easy recipe has simple ingredients that everyone has on hand. One thing I would recommend is to check the cake around the 40 min mark. I overcooked it slightly. I also did add some cinnamon. Thank you so much it will be made again and again I’m sure

    1. Author

      I am so glad you liked it. As good practice I always set my oven timer 10 early to check on new recipes. Every oven is different. Thanks for your comment.

  17. There’s no way currently to print this recipe. Nor can you copy the text. I’d love to make it but without the recipe, how am I supposed to?

    1. Author

      Yes the copy/paste aspect has been disabled along my entire website. This helps to deter thieves from stealing my hard work.

  18. Found this recipe looking for one from my husbands description of his childhood memory of grammas “kucha” (poor generational name). Huge hit! Keeping this one in the books!

  19. Tried to print the recipe but was sent to a page that said “Nothing Found”
    “Apologies, but no entries were found”

    Couldn’t copy and paste either since you’ve got everything locked down. It does look tasty, though it is different than the one my Oma made.

    1. Author

      Sorry about the inconvenience. The blog has gone through some updates and I will look into the printing problem. But unfortunately I have disabled the left button copy and paste. There are a lot of thieves that steal articles to put on their websites. Sorry but I don’t allow copy and paste. I do hope you make this recipe. It is quite delicious.

  20. Try a screenshot and then see if you can print it from your photos.

  21. 55 minutes was perfect! I added a small amount of vanilla and hubby thinks it needed some cinnamon, but it was really good!

  22. Yummy and easy to make. Trying it today with peaches. This is the third time I have made it since finding recipe a couple weeks ago. Yummy every time. Thanks

  23. Exciting recipe!
    I’m really looking forward to try this 😄
    What is the oven setting? Conventional or convection (hot air)?

  24. I’m in the process of making this right now. I have the cake in the oven and the cake flowed out of the spring form pan and is very dense looking. Not sure where I went wrong.

  25. Yum! Came out really good. At first I was afraid of the lack of liquid but it still came out moist, buttery and not too dense. Will keep for future.

  26. Does this need to be served right away or can it be served the next day?

  27. A friend of mine whose parents are from Germany, introduced me to this cake years ago. It was her contribution to my yearly German Dinner. We have since moved and I am having friends over for German dinner tomorrow and am making this cake. It will bring back memories of that “old gang of mine” and make new memories with new friends here in Florida. Thank you for sharing.

  28. I just had the best fall afternoon baking this cake with my little kids. An easy recipe, and the kids loved placing the apple slices on top. And this evening – we *devoured* it. To those asking about leftovers/storage – no need to worry!

    Also, I was a bit worried about the lack of vanilla or cinammon. I shouldn’t have been. Trust the Old World recipes!

  29. Hi,
    I was wondering if I could do 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup? Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. Author

      I guess you could reduce the amount of sugar if needed. It won’t be as sweet, obviously. I have personally never reduced it. If you do please let us all know how it turned out.

  30. how should the apples be sliced? Half Moon whole slices?

    1. Author

      I typically make half moons. But you can experiment and make whole slices if you want. It might make a pretty design on top.

  31. Thank you for re-posting this recipe, I was so disappointed to find it gone when I tried to make it a second time(the first time it turned out fantastic.) I’m making it for Christmas dessert at our daughter’s house. Thanks again!!!Shirley

  32. Thanks for re-posting this recipe. I was so disappointed to find it gone when I revisited your website, I am making it a second time for Christmas dessert at my daughter’s house. (The first time I made it, it was fabulous) thanks again

  33. This is a lovely recipe – so simple but soooo tasty. Have made it several times and everyone loves it! Thanks so much for sharing.😎

  34. Thank you for this recipe. My mother was from Vienna; I spent my teen years in Deutschland (graduated from H.S. there). It’s been a long time since I’ve had “the real thing”. I can hardly wait to share this with my family.

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