Holiday German Apple Cake

apple cake

Here is a very simple and tasty apple cake courtesy of smitten kitchen.  It’s a holiday apple cake insofar as it’s the holidays.  And I’m not quite sure how it’s German, or if it’s maybe Jewish-German, or neither of those, but I did make it as part of German-themed Spaetzle party in honor of my friend M (more details on that later).  The biggest change I made was to use a regular cake pan (who has a tube pan??).  You could use a square pan or a loaf pan also.  Also, I used one cup of oil, as SK calls for, but would recommend half oil and half butter, for a richer texture and flavor.

Holiday German Apple Cake

6 apples, any kind you like

1 tablespoon cinnamon

5 tablespoons sugar

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup apple juice (I used sparkling apple juice from TJs, which worked)

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

4 eggs

1 cup walnuts, chopped or crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your cake pan. Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.  I forgot to toss with the cinnamon and sugar, and everything came out ok.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, a smaller one perhaps, mix together oil, butter, apple juice, sugar and vanilla with your hand mixer or whisk. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.  That’s it!

Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Top with crushed or chopped walnuts.  You can crush the walnuts in your mortar and pestle, which, unlike a tube pan, everyone has, right? Bake for about  hour or so, or until a tester comes out clean.  It may take another half an hour so just keep checking.

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2 Responses to Holiday German Apple Cake

  1. Rachel M. says:

    man, i had to google “tube pan,” because i’ve never heard that before. it’s just a bundt pan!

  2. aem321 says:

    According to “deb”: “The difference between a tube and a bundt is that a tube pan is smooth and a bundt pan has decorative elements, and you serve the cake flipped out of the pan, or upside down. So, I don’t know that a bundt would work for this. Technically, I guess you could put the apples in first so they’d be at the top and not the bottom when you flipped it out”

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