This German Apple Cake is a moist dense cake that keeps well. It has been a family favorite for twenty years.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13 inch cake pan.

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  • In a mixing bowl; beat oil and eggs with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat well.

  • Combine the flour salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon together in a bowl. Slowly add this mixture to the egg mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be very thick. Fold in the apples by hand using a wooden spoon. Spread batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Let cake cool on a wire rack. Once cake is cool serve with a dusting of confectioners' sugar or with a Cream Cheese Frosting.

Nutrition Facts

201.2 calories; 1.7 g protein; 27.7 g carbohydrates; 15.5 mg cholesterol; 107.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
OMG this is awesome good! It just doesn't get any better than this! I kept all measurements and ingredients the same, only adding 1 tsp. of vanilla to the batter. It bakes to an almost cookie-like crunchiness on the top with a very moist and apple-y interior. I took it over the top by pouring over a caramel glaze: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 c. brown sugar, and 1/4 c. cream. Bring to a boil, then boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Let cool just slightly before pouring over warm cake. Hubby says the "sauce" was what made this extraordinarily good, but this cake is so good, so delicious, a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar would be just fine too. I don't EVER want to lose this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2011
Was so excited after reading all the reviews but this is undercooked mush. The outside burned before the inside was done. Very disappointing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
OMG this is awesome good! It just doesn't get any better than this! I kept all measurements and ingredients the same, only adding 1 tsp. of vanilla to the batter. It bakes to an almost cookie-like crunchiness on the top with a very moist and apple-y interior. I took it over the top by pouring over a caramel glaze: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 c. brown sugar, and 1/4 c. cream. Bring to a boil, then boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Let cool just slightly before pouring over warm cake. Hubby says the "sauce" was what made this extraordinarily good, but this cake is so good, so delicious, a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar would be just fine too. I don't EVER want to lose this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
Thanks to all the other reviewers I reduced the oil to 1/2 cup and reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups as well as increasing the cinnamon to 3 tsps. I also thinly sliced my apples and should have used 5 cups instead of 4. I made an additional change - I beat the eggs and oil together until the eggs were a little frothy on top - about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. I baked this in a glass pan for 40 minutes and the cake turned out quite light and moist. Instead of greasing and flouring the pan I substituted cinnamon sugar for the flour. For those of you who haven't tried this recipe - its WONDERFUL!!!! Not overly sweet, just bites of apple-cinnamon heaven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2006
What a delicious cake. I used 3/4 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup oil in place of the cup of oil. I also cut the sugar to 1 cup for my diabetic mother and added 1 extra apple. Wow, it was excellent and devoured for afternoon tea. If this recipe makes 24 serves then I had about 5 serves in one sitting! I couldn't help myself. This has become a family favourite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2011
Wonderfu, wonderful, wonderful. This is a regular in our rotation. I usually increase the apples to 5 cups as my family likes more apples, but keep all other ingredients the same. Unfortunately, this "cake" is never fully cooked at 45 minutes (probably due to the extra apples). See most helpful hints from "naples34102" for a glaze that makes this cake go from divine to superb! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
This cake is EXCELLENT! I baked it in a bundt pan for 55 minutes and drizzled a sugar glaze (confectioner's sugar, vanilla, milk) over it. It looked and smelled so good that my younger son couldn't bear for me to take it to our friends' house...and it tasted even better than it looked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2003
I think this cake is awesome! My only regret is that I didn't taste it first without frosting. I usually don't like cake without frosting so I immediately frosted it with a cream cheese frosting. The cake beneath tastes so good (kind of has a crunchy top like crystalized sugar) that I am sure it would be good without the frosting. Anyway I did NOT make any changes to ingredients or cooking time and would not make any in the future. I greased and floured the pan per the instructions and had NO trouble with sticking. Perhaps the additional baking time is creating the sticking problem? I planned on giving small plates of this away to my neighbors but now that I've tried it it will be tempting to inhale it all myself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2008
This cake is INCREDIBLE!!!! First time I made it the cake didn’t last the day. Don’t change the ingredients it just takes away from the perfection, I’ve tried doing variations. Now, the downside. I’ve made this cake many, many times and noticed that it tends to get really moist as time goes on. Eat it FAST. The first day it’s perfect; crusty sweet top and moist mellow inside. The second day it tends to get moist with a wet sticky top and heavier inside. The third day it’s soggy, no other word for it. I don’t know why this happens, to this extreme. But when u have people around it doesn’t always last that long. The other problem I’ve had is that I can’t get the eggs and oil to beat until creamy. They always end up looking like yellow liquid. I don’t know what happens there, maybe it’s because I’m using a stand mixer with a paddle? I’ve tried varying the time I mix from a little to a lot; the good news is the cake still comes out of the oven tasting unbelievable. This is one recipe you have to try!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
I tweaked this recipe a bit and the result was much lower in fat , healthier ,vegan AND tastes richer than the original :) in place of 2 cups plain flour I used 1 cup of whole wheat and 1 cup of cake flour, ener-g egg replacer instead of the 2 eggs, 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of the oil , 11/4 cup of dark brown sugar in place of 2 cups white and I added 1/2 cup of rum soaked raisins (i used whelers vannille') and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. as the cake was cooling i made a simple glaze with powdered sugar ,whalers vanille and a dash of cinnamon .This cake was very good and drew raves from my husband as well as visiting friends . Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2006
This cake was fantastic! I cut the recipe in half to make a 9 inch square pan size. I dusted the top with powdered sugar and had one piece with my husband. At midnight I got up to go sneak another and it was all gone!! My husband loved the density and simplicity of just a touch of cinnamon. Yup the dough is very thick and hard to work with but don't thin with anything - you don't need to! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2011
Was so excited after reading all the reviews but this is undercooked mush. The outside burned before the inside was done. Very disappointing. Read More
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