Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)

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A traditional German dessert made of a ‘not too sweet’ cake, a layer of fresh apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with vanilla glaze.  Heavenly!


Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)

You guys.  Don’t walk, RUN to the store and get yourself the ingredients for this one.    It’s simply amazing!

I can’t believe it’s almost October and I hadn’t posted anything with apples yet?

What the heck is wrong with me??

Apple Kuchen - German Apple Cake - An Affair from the Heart

Typically, in my food world – September is for apples and I save the pumpkin for October – but this year I just dove right into it!

This past weekend, we had a big tailgate for our Nebraska Cornhuskers football game against the Oregon Ducks.  It also marked the first day of Oktoberfest and my step-dad’s birthday!  We grilled Brat Burgers and I needed a dessert that was German and yummy for a birthday.

Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)

I went to pinterest and typed in “German Desserts” — lots of them popped up.  Then I saw this one and clicked on it before I even realized who’s blog I was headed for.  When I landed on Chocolate, Chocolate and More — I knew this recipe would be a winner, and I was right.

My only regret was that it was gone too fast, and I didn’t get a picture of it sliced.  But never fear, I will make this one again and make sure that happens! 😉 That’s what you call “taking one for the team.” Ha!

Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)

After lining your 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, spread the cake batter inside.  Top with thinly sliced apples and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake and drizzle with glaze.  Serve warm or cold — it’s truly amazing!

Looking for other German Recipes?  Here are my tried and true favorites!

German Onion Pie {Zwiebelkuchen}

Sauerkraut, Bratwurst and Potato Soup

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

German Apple Dessert


Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)


Let’s get to the recipe! M.

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Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)

A traditional German dessert made of a 'not too sweet' cake, a layer of fresh apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with vanilla glaze. Heavenly!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Apple Kuchen (German Apple Cake)
Servings: 9 x13
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • For the Cake:
  • 4-5 medium Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • For the Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and sugar together in your mixer until light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, add vanilla.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add flour mixture and sour cream, alternating, starting and ending with flour. Mixing just until each addition is incorporated into batter.
  • Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • Peel, core and slice apples into thin slices (about 16 slices per apple) place apples in a single layer across top of batter.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon for topping. Sprinkle over top of apple layer.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from oven and let cool 30 minutes.
  • Prepare glaze: combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake. Serve cake still warm or can be served cooled.
  • Store in refrigerator.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g


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  1. Our 4-H Teen Cooking group made this recipe and devoured it. It was pretty simple to make and tasted excellent. We have gluten and dairy free members, so we used coconut milk, butter substitute, sour cream substitute, and a gluten-free flour mix. It turned out perfect.

  2. I am SO ready for all of the apple desserts! This cake looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

  3. This is the perfect cake for fall…or almost fall! I’m already doing fall baking. This cake had a such warm flavors and wasn’t complicated to make, but it looks like it is. Great recipe, thanks!

  4. Oh yeah! You had to at “not too sweet”. I’m crazy about cake, but I love it when it’s lightly sweetened, allowing for other flavors to be realized. This recipe is a winner!

  5. I make this cake twice already, the comments from my family is „“SUPER“. It’s really yummy, thank you for your recipes ❤️❤️?????

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