German Apple Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Nov. 22, 2023
With the long, cold winters we have here, this German apple cake recipe has warmed many a kitchen. The cake is perfect for breakfast, dessert or an evening snack. I've often made it for parties, and I've always received compliments on it. —Grace Reynolds, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
German Apple Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. tube pan. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; 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 the batter into prepared 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 mixture.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool for 1 hour before removing from pan. Cool, apple side up, on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 353 calories, 15g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.