Please don’t chase me with pitchforks and torches but… I’m not a big fan of pies. Too much fruit, too little dough, and the dough you get is so dry! I’m a cake girl. Or better: a Kuchen girl! Kuchen is the German word for any cake, from bundt cake to sponge cake, as long as it is not stacked with layers of cream in between and on top and all around – that would be “Torte”!
Anyway, I prefer apple cake over apple pie any time and to show my husband how good of a baker his newlywed wife is, I made us two small apple cakes with a little twist, but still traditional!
German Apple Cake
For one big or four small cake pans you will need:
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 sticks butter
- 0.5 cup of milk
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 2 firm apples (Golden Delicious work best)
In a large bowl, whisk butter and sugar until the butter is creamy. Add milk, then eggs one by one and whisk until fully mixed. Sift in flour and baking powder and whisk until fully incorporated.
Grease cake pan with some butter and sprinkle the brown sugar into the pan. It will melt and caramelize and give the cake a sweet little extra.
Core apples, then cut into thin slices. Cover the bottom of the pan with some apple slices, pour in the dough and press the remaining apple slices into the dough with the peel facing up.
You can peel the apples, which would be even more traditional, but I prefer to keep the peel on as it gives so much more flavor and not to forget the vitamins (good reason to eat cake, right? “It has vitamins!”)
Bake at 350°F / 180°C for 40 minutes or until a wood pick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Please note: the dough right next to the apple slices will stay very moist due to the apples releasing their delicious juice during baking.
Let cool and enjoy!
German apple cake is often dusted with some powdered sugar, and typically served in the afternoon with a strong cup of coffee.
Song of the day: Neil Young – Dance Dance Dance because it is one of the happiest songs I know and it makes me smile even more than a big piece of cake.