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German Apple Cake Recipe

German Apple Cake Recipe

With the long, cold winters we have here, this recipe has warmed many a kitchen. The cake is perfect for breakfast, mealtime dessert or evening snack. I've made it for many parties, and I've always received compliments on it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (about 4 to 5 apples)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • 1. Combine the first three ingredients; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Combine oil and orange juice and add alternately with dry ingredients to egg mixture. Beat until smooth; add vanilla and beat well.
  • 3. Pour half of the batter into a greased and floured tube pan. Arrange half the apples over the batter. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle half over the apples. Top with remaining batter, apples and cinnamon/sugar.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 1 hour before removing from pan. Cool, apple side up, on a wire rack. Sprinkle top with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 351 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 239mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"Four stars on the recipe as written above. My pregnant wife really likes this cake. I've changed this recipe around and she likes it even better. I add some crushed walnuts to the batter (I just eyeball the amount). I toss the apples and cinnamon/suger mix in a ziploc rather than sprinkling it. Try using Pam's "happy cooking" spray on tube pan then sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar around the pan before added the 1st layer of batter, makes for a sweet outter layer (however, I cut the sugar in the recipe to about 1 3/4 cups). Prep time is a lot faster if you use a food processor and apple cutter and I find if your apples are large 3 is more than enough. My oven cooks this cake in 75-80 minutes in a 12" tube pan. Easy cake to make with kids... plus they can eat the extra cinnamon/sugar covered apple slices."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016 Edited Jan. 31, 2016

"This was an amazing cake! So easy to make. I cut the sugar to 1 1/2 C and used butter in place of canola. Everything tastes better with butter. :) Everybody raved! Had to make another on the next day, because it was devoured."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"Love this recipe. I just added walnuts."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013 Edited Jan. 23, 2015

"This is also the same recipe I use for Jewish Apple Cake. It's a recipe we use so that we may have it as part of a Kosher meal as it is sans dairy. For the "trained pastry chef"....make it and make it the way it's written. It absolutely is the perfect amounts of everything, it's prettier with the apple ribbons, but I suppose you could mix all ingredients together. I use 5 apples, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup of oil, 1/4 cup oj. It takes a patient person to bake this because it is often in the oven for upwards of 90 minutes!! But I've made it DOZENS of times and have never had a failure and have never had a single person not like it. It is a heavy cake, but a superbly moist cake (not oily at all). And it tastes even better the next day!!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"This cake is really good. My kids have requested me to make this again. I added all the apples into the mix instead of doing half in the middle and half on the top. It really gave the cake a nice flavor and kept it moist. The prep time took me longer than 15 minutes, but I was using small apples, manually peeling, slicing and coring them. We did not use the powdered sugar as it was just perfect without it."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"One would probably use a 10'' or 12'' tube pan NOT a small one...I will definitely try this one."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"[quote user="LostTime"]

I don't like canola oil. What else can I use?
Any mild tasting oil would work fine."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"As written, this recipe is awful....and I am a formally trained Pastry Chef. In my opnion, way too many apples, waaaayyyy too much oil. 1st one was a dud. Ended up having to throw it out. 2nd one I did, I cut the oil in half and added 2 T butter. I also cut the amount of apples in half and was able to make 2 bundt cakes (only fill to 1/2 way). In assembling it, I sprayed pan with flour/oil spray, sprinkled on cinnomon sugar, put half apples lined around pan, put 1/2 the batter, added remaining apples in thin layer, topped with cinnomon sugar and added the remaining batter. Turned out wonderfully."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"This is a moist & tasty cake that is easy to make. I combined the apples, cinnamon & sugar & it turned out fantastic! I also used apple juice in place of the orange juice."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"I don't like canola oil. What else can I use?"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"Makes a large moist delicious cake. I had to bake it longer about an hour and a half."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"I like the way you flip the bundt over to show the apples. I have used this technique with pumpkin cake on the bottom & apples on top with success."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Beautiful, moist and delectable! I had several requests for the recipe and no one left any behind on their plate. It's a perfect coffee cake!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"This cake is really good, moist and very big!! But it takes longer of 1hr10min at it states in the recipe... I had 1hr almost 30minand it has good but think that maybe is good to leave it a bit longer in the oven .. thks for the recipe. My husband german he likes it very much :)"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"Just made this for an Germanfest party and everyone loved it! It is moist and very tasty and pretty too. And I had all the ingred. on hand. I tossed the sliced apples w/ the cinnamon & sugar instead of sprinkling it. Sprinkle confect. sugar on top just before serving, otherwise it just sinks in and you can't see it. Will def. make again! Enjoy - KWarner"

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"What kind of apples should I use?"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"I have been making this recipe for about 20 years! It is always fantastic & everyone loves it.


Jeannie Jones
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008

"I was so glad to find this recipe! I used to make it when my boys were little.(Now 30 & 35)I had lost my recipe during a move long ago. I always mixed the 2 tsp. cinnamon, 3 tbsp. sugar with the apples. I think it is more moist that way. Thank you. jjones"

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