I found myself with a few Ambrosia apples that had gotten a little too ripe for eating but perfect for cooking.
I went looking for apple recipes and I landed on Addicted to Recipes German Apple Cake. A quick perusal of the ingredients confirmed that I had everything I needed to make this cake. I grabbed my apple peeler and went to work. If you don't have one of these and you cook with apples, you need one. It makes the job of peeling, coring, and slicing apples a cinch.
I found the directions for this cake a bit confusing and not done in the order I am accustomed to when making cake batter. I took the liberty of doing it my way. It came out perfect. Michael and I could hardly wait for it to cool before tasting. To be honest, we had a slice before it cooled completely. It was so good. Michael's comment was that it was more like a custard. I agreed, despite the fact it only has two eggs. After cooling completely, it lost some of the custard texture. It was still delicious!
There is a lot of butter in this cake. I halved the amount of butter in Topping #2 from the full cup of butter in the original recipe. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing!
German Apple Cake
- Electric mixer
- Small bowl
For the cake batter:
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
For topping #1
- 2-3 apples peeled and sliced
For topping #2:
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
For topping #3:
- 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Make the cake batter by creaming the butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix well. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients( flour, baking powder, and salt). Add in the dry ingredients to the sugar/butter mixture and stir until combined. Pour in the milk and vanilla and beat until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
- Place the sliced apples (Topping #1) on top of the batter.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for Topping #2 (butter, flour and sugar) and spread on top of the apples. This topping will be very crumbly.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for Topping # 3 (sugar and cinnamon). Sprinkle on top of the crumbly mixture.
- Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. You can eat this warm, room temperature or cold.
Approximate nutrition information is provided as a convenience and courtesy only. You are encouraged to do your own calculations if precise data is required.
Vanilla bean ice cream took this German Apple Cake over the top.