German Apple Cake (Wiener Apfelkuchen)

German Apple Cake (Wiener Apfelkuchen)

The Spruce / Christine Ma

Prep: 50 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
455 Calories
29g Fat
46g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 455
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 432mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 6g
Calcium 102mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

German wiener apfelkuchen (apple cake from Vienna) is an apple cake recipe with a shortcrust base, chopped apples, and a lemon-flavored cake layer.

The sugar and almonds sprinkled on top make a delightfully crunchy topping. It's a great change from a pie.

This authentic recipe calls for an 11-inch (26 cm) springform pan but a 10-inch pan will suffice. You just might need to bake the cake a little longer.

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 9 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature, beaten with 1 tablespoon water)
  • For the Apple Filling:
  • 2.2 pounds apples (peeled, cored and quartered)
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • For the Cake:
  • 13 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • Lemon (zest)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 15 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • For the Topping:
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (sliced)
  • For the Pan:
  • 1 tablespoon butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs (or all-purpose flour)

Steps to Make It

Make the Crust

  1. Gather the crust ingredients.

    crust ingredients

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  2. Whisk together flour, sugar and baking powder in a medium bowl.

    Whisk together flour, sugar and baking powder in a medium bowl

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  3. Cut in cold butter for pie dough until small crumbs form.

    Cut in cold butter for pie dough until small crumbs form

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  4. Use 4 to 6 tablespoons of the egg-water mixture to moisten the crumbs. Stir just until the mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes.

    crust wrapped in plastic wrap

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Make the Cake Batter

  1. Gather the batter ingredients.

    cake batter ingredients

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  2. Cut each quarter apple into 3 long pieces, then cut crosswise into small trapezoids. Sprinkle with lemon juice, toss and set aside.

    diced apples with lemon juice in a bowl

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  3. Beat together softened butter with sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and lemon zest.

    Beat together softened butter with sugar in a mixing bowl with egg and lemon zest

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  4. Whisk together flour with baking powder (and a dash of salt if using unsalted butter) in a separate small bowl. Add to creamed butter mixture alternately with whipping cream and beat until smooth. Set aside.

    cake batter in a bowl

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Assemble and Bake the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter an 11-inch springform pan and sprinkle with breadcrumbs or flour, shaking out excess.

    buttered springform pan with breadcrumbs

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  2. Roll out the crust and line the pan, piecing crust as necessary to form a 1- to 1 1/2-inch lip.

    cake crust in a springform pan

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  3. Place drained apple slices in the crust.

    Place drained apple slices in the crust

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  4. Spoon cake batter over apple slices as if setting dumpling batter on a stew, then smooth over apples to edges.

    Spoon cake batter over apple slices in the cake pan

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  5. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons almond slices then 4 tablespoons granulated sugar evenly over batter.

    sugar and almond slice on top of the cake batter in the cake pan

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  6. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, then turn off the oven and leave the cake for another 15 minutes. The crust should be golden brown and filling should be moist but set.

    German Apple Cake (Wiener Apfelkuchen) in a springform pan

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  7. Allow cake to cool completely in the pan for best taste. Serve with whipped cream. Refrigerate any leftovers.

    German Apple Cake (Wiener Apfelkuchen)

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