Traditional Tasty German Apple Cake Recipe

Traditional German apple pie (for UK) is an all-time favorite and the taste of my childhood. A high quality dough and fresh apples give this apple cake an incomparable taste. You can go wrong with this easily and quickly prepared apple cake recipe. Grandma’s apple cake is just the best!

German apple cake recipe

To achieve a perfect result it is crucial stick to the amount of ingredients for the apple cake dough. While cooking allows improvisation and variation, baking requires an exact balance of the ingredients. This is the best way to make your German apple cake juicy and irresistible.

Which apples are best to use?

green apple on white table cloth

Grandma’s style apple pie is best made with sour apples, freshly harvested in your region. I prefer Boskop apples, but you can also try the following varieties:

  • Red delicious: sweet, can be stored for a long time
  • Braeburn
  • Worcester Pearmain®
  • Golden Delicious

How many apples you use is up to your taste, between 2 and 6 all is good.

How to bake my German apple pie?

You can bake the apple pie in any cake tin imaginable. Traditionally, however, it is baked in a round apple pie springform pan. You can also get your apple pie out of the oven quickly and onto the table on a baking tray. The traditional apple pie adapts to your springform pan. Try a fancy form, like a heart.

Apple pie in a springform pan


This recipe contains cinnamon, but with a few simple changes you can quickly vary this apple pie and add other notes to the taste. If you don’t like cinnamon, just leave it out. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Fresh mint: Mix some brown sugar with chopped mint and sprinkle over the cake after baking.
  • Sweet vanilla: Vanilla brings out the sweetness of the apples.
  • Spicy nutmeg: Grate a small hint of nutmeg over the sliced apples before layering. This combination may seem unconventional, but it works!
  • Caramelized almonds: Caramelised almonds are a wonderful topping.
  • Christmas mood: fried in butter with sugar and cinnamon: This tickles a christmassy taste out of the apples.
  • For a special crunch, sprinkle a little brown sugar over the cake before baking. It will caramelize during baking and create a wonderfully delicate crust.

Also try our Plum Crumble with red wine, our French almond sponge cake or my famous Cherry Bakewell tart.


German grandma’s yummy Apple Cake

Traditional German apple pie as Grandma likes it! Our authentic recipe is a real treat and one of the most famous cakes in Germany. Try out our recipe and enjoy!
4.67 from 6 votes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 250


  • Mixing bowl
  • Springform tin


  • 600 g apples
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 200 g butter unsalted
  • 200 g sugar
  • 4 eggs medium sized
  • 1 drop liquid vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon & sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Peel the apples, core them towards the stem, quarter them and cut them into not too thick slices. To keep them white, put them in vinegar water or sprinkle them with fresh lemon until the dough is ready. Don’t worry, the apples don’t take on the taste of the vinegar.
  • Mix the plain flour with the baking powder. In a separate bowl, stir the soft butter with the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and milk until frothy. Then add the eggs one by one. Stir each egg before adding the next one. When everything is frothy, add the prepared flour-baking soda mix. Stir the dough until it is fluffy.
    Dough apple pie
  • Remove the apples from the vinegar water and drain them well through a sieve. Now pour them into the dough, mix well and pour the mixture into a springform pan.
  • The amount of apples determines the baking time from 40 up to 60 minutes at 160°.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon immediately after baking and your apple pie’s ready!
  • Now it's time to put the finishing touches to your fresh and juicy apple cake. Decorate the pie for example with caramelized almonds or place some lightly buttered apple pieces on top.
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