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Grandma`s quick & tasty apple cake

homemade apple pie

Traditional german apple pie is an all-time favorite and the taste of my childhood. A high quality dough and fresh apples give this apple pie an incomparable taste.

You cannot go wrong with this easily and quickly prepared apple cake recipe. Grandma’s apple cake is the best!

To achieve a perfect result it is crucial to 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 apple pie juicy and irresistible.

Which apple is best for a juicy apple pie?

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:

  • Idared: sweet, can be stored for a long time
  • Elstar: very aromatic, slightly acidic
  • Boskop: fruity and very aromatic
  • Jonagold: sweet and at the same time slightly sour, very pretty apple with red color, the best choice if you want the cake to look nice and special.

How many apples you use is up to you.

Apple pie in the springform pan, right?

You can bake the apple pie in any cake tin imaginable. Traditionally, however, it is baked in an 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 apple pie sponge cake adapts to your springform pan.  Try a fancy form, like a heart.

Juicy apple pie: Variations

This basic 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: Caramelized 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.

Apple pie recipe made easy

Here are our tips at a glance:

  1. use sour apple varieties, e.g. Boskop, Jonagold or Elstar.
  2. use a round springform pan or a tin.
  3. if you loosen the core from the blossom down to the stem, the apple pieces won’t break.
  4. Place the chopped apple pieces in water or sprinkle them with lemon juice so they keep their color.
  5. juicy apple pie can also be baked in a heat-resistant glass – a wonderful gift!
German apple cake recipe

Traditional German Apple Cake

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Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine German
Servings 8 slices
Calories 298 kcal



  • 1 ⅓ lb apples
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 7 oz butter unsalted
  • 1 cups 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


  • Prepare the apples by peeling them, removing the core towards the stem, quartering them, and cutting them into thin slices.
    To prevent the slices from turning brown, you can place them in a bowl of water with a splash of white vinegar or sprinkle them with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour with baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix softened butter with granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and whole milk until the mixture becomes frothy.
    Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, stirring each one in before adding the next. Mix the ingredients until everything is smooth.
  • Strain the apples and add them to the batter, stirring gently to incorporate them. Pour the mixture into a greased springform pan.
  • The baking time of the pie depends on the amount of apples used. It usually takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes at 320°F (160° C).
  • To finish, sprinkle the pie with a mixture of granulated sugar and ground cinnamon as soon as it comes out of the oven.
    For an extra special touch, you can decorate the pie with caramelized almonds or arrange a few buttered apple slices on top. Enjoy!
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