German Apple Sheet Cake


This is my grandma's recipe for a super-easy apple cake. We had an apple tree, and this was a great way to use them.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 servings


  • 4 ½ pounds apples - peeled, cored, and sliced

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 ⅛ cups unsalted butter

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a deep baking pan with butter or line with parchment paper.

  2. Toss apple slices with lemon juice in a bowl and set aside.

  3. Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar in a large bowl and beat using an electric blender until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl and mix on low speed. Fold apple slices into the batter.

  4. Spread batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of vanilla sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
20g Fat
69g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 256mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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