German Apple Cake


This recipe is one of Mum’s and it is a great dessert to quickly throw together if you are having guests or if you feel like something sweet and want to whip something up. It does take ~45 minutes to cook, so a little bit of planning is needed, but preparation time is only about 10 minutes. It is definitely a sometimes food and is SO delicious! It is kind of a mix between an apple tea cake, an apple pie and an apple strudel.


If we are having dessert, we have it after the kids are in bed. They are little and they don’t need to be exposed to the wonderful world that is desserts just yet, especially when they are thrilled at the thought of natural yoghurt for dessert, and when I put fruit on it they think all their Christmases have come at once! I’m going to keep that ‘ignorance is bliss’ for now.


I usually serve this cake with custard, but mainly because I am a sucker for custard. It is also great with cream or ice cream, or even by itself.


Enjoy in moderation xx


Serves 6

  • 125g butter
  • 90g sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbs sultanas
  • 1 tbs raw or brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 20cm round tin.
  2. Mix together sultanas, spices and 1 tbs brown/raw sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and sugar, add egg and flour and mix well to combine.
  4. Place half the mixture into prepared tin, layer half the sliced apples, followed by spice mix, the lemon juice and then the remaining apples. Top with the remaining mixture.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Serve with custard, cream or ice-cream.

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